I agree with xaipe that the Nine Tailors is the best of this bunch, and one of the reasons is that it contains a flashback to Wimsey and Bunter during World War I, and shows how those two got together. It also briefly touches on Lord Peter's horrific experiences during that war which continue to affect him the rest of his life. I'm glad they included this, as it helps to make both men more three-dimensional in the rest of the stories.
The Nine Tailors, set around 1930, is a near perfect mystery which is one of several of Dorothy Sayers' mysteries brought to TV in the mid to late 70's. In spite of the period in which they were filmed, they are so well-written and acted that the elderly production values are an incidental aspect. If you want fast action and explosions stop here. These stories are very cerebral, and require a close attention to the intricacies of plot to appreciate. They are among my favorite BBC productions and are fairly crying out for remakes although it would be hard to imagine a cast as well-suited to Sayers' particular atmospheric and intellectual slights of hand. The English spoken has pretty much passed out of fashion today, but then it was an affectation of the landed, wealthy old boys' club and signaled a cap-tweaking deference from the working classes. The Nine Tailors is my particular favorite. "Tailors" is the term for church bell change ringers and had nothing to do with sewing. The number nine refers to the nine strokes of the bell announcing the death of a man. Lord Peter arrives on the scene accompanied by "his man" in the middle of a New Year's Eve snowstorm and is stranded in the Fens of Eastern England. He becomes the guest of the local vicar and is pressed into stepping in to ring a set of complicated changes for an absent man. An unknown man buried in a grave which had been prepared for a wealthy local woman, an earlier jewel robbery, unclaimed letters from a French farm, a mysterious cypher all form the structure of a challenging mystery which is obvious once you are able to put all the pieces of the puzzle together but make no sense until you do. There are several Dorothy Sayers mysteries still available, but The Nine Tailors remains the best of them in my opinion. Subtitles available.
Handsome Ian Carmichael reminds me of Robert Wagner. Don't give up on watching the whole series since it does start off a bit slow. Lord Peter Wimsey grows on you. Will make you laugh and I like the way he treats Bunter. They make a good team.
This set contains 3 mysteries: Murder Must Advertise, Five Red Herrings, and The Nine Tailors.
Follow the books very well. Love 'em.
This disc contains all four of the episodes from BBC television of "Murder Must Advertise". Very good if you appreciate British acting and low key drama.
This series is so wacky...produced in the 1970s, and based on the novels of a famous mystery writer (Sayer), it's about Lord Wimsey and his pursuit of murderers in small English/ Scottish towns (this is the second DVD set). A lot of the cast are unintelligible (turn on subtitles), Wimsey has an annoyingly exaggerated Queen's English accent, and the class differences between lord & man-servant/parlor maid are pretty sharp. But I love it. Once you get used to it (it is slow-going), you are lost in Victorian England/Scotland (women do not attend funerals)...it's chilly, cloudy, dark, damp, and someone has killed someone for not so apparent reasons. The writing is great, and the clothes & set designs are fantastic. If you want a fast-paced SVU-type drama, this is not for you.
A bit slow - puts you to sleep, but in general OK
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