Mrs. Bradley Mysteries - Death at the Opera / The Rising of the Moon / Laurels Are Poison / The Worsted Viper VHS
Emmy® Award-winner Diana Rigg (Rebecca, The Avengers) portrays the glamorous and outspoken Mrs. Adela Bradley, a well-traveled, well-appointed, oft-liaisoned divorcée who dabbles in psychoanalysis, toxicology, pre-feminism, and murder investigations. Assisted by her devoted chauffeur and confidant George Moody (Neil Dudgeon), Mrs. Bradley solves the most complicated crimes with a sly combination of charm, intelligence, and wit. In this set of four scintillating mysteries, she gets the lowdown on the upper crustmuch to the bemusement of Police Inspector Christmas (Peter Davison). Based on the novels by Gladys Mitchell, The Mrs. Bradley Mysteries take you back to high-mannered 1920s England, complete with the glamorous costumes, lavish cars, and hot jazz music of the Roaring Twenties. Death at the Opera While visiting her alma mater, Mrs. Bradley unravels the murder of a teacher and discovers that the foundation of this finishing school for young ladies is as improper as it is secretive. Rising of the Moon A traveling circus comes to townbut not to everyone's delight. When the knife-thrower's assistant is found murdered, Mrs. Bradley must win the cooperation of the troupe and the locals before another victim goes to the big top in the sky. Laurels Are Poison Mrs. Bradley visits an old friend living in a supposedly haunted house where the tragedies of war have left nearly everyone haunted by ghosts of the pasteven George, her chauffeur. The Worsted Viper While visiting a quaint coastal resort town, Mrs. Bradley attends the wedding of George's daughter. But after a series of ritualistic murders, she finds herself strangely reminded of her very first case.
Diana Riggs glides through The Mrs. Bradley Mysteries like a true grand dame. Set in 1920s England, this mystery series wallows in swank cars, jaunty tunes, well-cut clothes, and extravagant hats--and every so often, Riggs turns to the camera and delivers sardonic observations with a wicked purr. Aided by her chauffer George Moody (Neil Dudgeon), scandalous divorcée Mrs. Bradley (Riggs) solves murders with her keen observations and psychological insight (along with a little pickpocketing and genteel extortion).
Saucy storylines abound: Death at the Opera mixes lesbianism at a girls' school with a bread-slicing machine; The Rising of the Moon features knife-throwers, dwarves, and a hall of mirrors; in Laurels are Poison, ghosts kill with poison-tipped arrows; and in The Worsted Viper, the revival of an ancient virgin-sacrificing cult threatens Moody's own daughter. The mysteries are more stylish than fair in their presentation of clues; anyone looking for a puzzle to solve will be frustrated as crucial information is withheld until after Mrs. Bradley has brought the villain to justice. But the heart of the show is the delightful rapport between Rigg and Dudgeon, which will win over any fan of British mysteries. --Bret Fetzer
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If you have fallen in love with Miss Fisher Mysteries, you will love Mrs. Bradley! The older and maybe wiser version with just as good of a wardrobe.
So, this is an AWESOME series. The last time I checked, you can watch the first episode on Netflix for free. THAT begin said, I got tired of waiting for this to be released (it's been pre-release forever), so I went a browsin' for the episodes elsewhere and found Diana Rigg at the BBC (DVD) for (1) a cheaper price then this collection, (2) available NOW and (3) with a bunch of other movies featuring Diana Rigg.
This is what comes in the Diana Rigg collection (note that the last five movies are the five Mrs. Bradley mysteries that are in this product's unreleased collection):
Three Piece Suite (6x30, 1977):
Hearts & Flowers, Screen Night, Briefer Encounter
After You’ve Gone, Little Things…Parking, Wonderful Woman
Bitter Suit, Entrance Fee, Public Lives
Miss, Celluloid Dreams, Mea Culpa
Come in No. 1, This Situation, All in the Mind
Little Things…That Go Bump in the Night, Walking the Dog, Every Day in Every Way
Little Eyolf (1x97, 1982)
Unexplained Laughter (1x135, 1989)
Genghis Cohn (1x78, 1994)
Mrs. Bradley Mysteries (5x60, 1998-2000):
Death at the Opera
The Rising of the Moon
Laurels Are Poison
The Worsted Viper