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  • Actors: Ian Carmichael, Glyn Houston, Donald Eccles, Elizabeth Bradley, Michael Sheard
  • Directors: Raymond Menmuir, Robert Tronson, Hugh David, Rodney Bennett
  • Producers: Richard Beynon, Bill Sellars
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 10
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Acorn Media
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Nov. 2012
  • Run Time: 1002 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0096PXPZM
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,920 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Ian Carmichael stars as the aristocratic detective Lord Peter Wimsey in this classic BBC adaptation of the novels by Dorothy L. Sayers.

 These five feature-length adaptations bring all the wit, elegance and style of one of England’s classiest detectives to the scene of the crime – five crimes to be exact – each one presenting an interesting challenge for this sharpwitted mastermind.

 Join Lord Peter Wimsey as he uncovers the mysteries of: Clouds of Witness;

The Unpleasantness at The Bellona Club; Murder Must Advertise; The Nine Tailors; and Five Red Herrings.

 SPECIAL FEATURES:

• Exclusive Ian Carmichael Interview

• Subtitles

• Cast Filmographies

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97 of 97 people found the following review helpful By Minerva on 22 Feb. 2010
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Having watched some of these Dorothy L Sayers adaptations as a child, it was a nostalgic treat to be re-acquainted with the complete set featuring the much missed and somewhat underrated Ian Carmichael. The elaborately plotted and quite remarkable Nine Tailors is the standout for me but the whole set makes for enjoyable viewing and boasts, alongside two splendid central performances, a host of familiar tv faces from the 1970s such as Paul Darrow, Christopher Timothy, John Junkin, Gwen Taylor et al.

Carmichael's performance is more multi-faceted than some reviews suggest. Yes he does venture into Bertie Wooster mode during `Murder Must Advertise' (and with reason) but also subtly conveys the guilt of a man whose desire to investigate often results in unanticipated and painful moral dilemmas. He is matched every inch of the way by Glyn Houston's knowingly understated Bunter.

Inevitably this won't be for everyone, too considered , too `upper class', too `of its time' (in the moral code that Sayers and Wimsey insist upon)and too gentle for many. However for those who enjoy some finely crafted stories featuring great characters from an age of elegance, this will be a joy. The delightful and unassuming interview snippets with Mr. Carmichael adding a now poignant reminder of what a star we have lost.
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97 of 98 people found the following review helpful By M. Olding on 11 Feb. 2010
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This collection of Lord Peter Wimsey stories is superb. The late Ian Carmichael is at his debonair best as Lord Peter, and with solid support from Glyn Houston in particular and various key characters as the stories unfold, ensure that each episode is a complete joy. Both witty and, what is very important, essentially true to the original stories of Dorothy L. Sayers, lovers of the amateur detective genre,set in less sensational and gratuitiously violent times,will find in addition to the acting, the tight directing, excellent scripts and fine attention to period detail, a welcome escape from today's mainstream detective offerings.
Well worth buying.
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48 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Bob Moore on 6 May 2010
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Watching Ian Carmichael as Lord Peter back in the early seventies was one of the high points of television in my youth, and it was delightful to be able to watch again as I edge out of middle age into my dotage.

Sayer's detective stories combined excellent writing, clever plots and likeable characters. While purists can object that Carmichael was too old for the role, he plays the part well. The cast, costumes, props and settings all evoke the sprit of the stories and the age. The adaptations clearly needed to cut some of the original material, but remain remarkably faithful to the detail as well as the spirit of the original. They maybe over 25 years old but don't feel dated - and one fears any modern adaptation would suffer from this weird fetish for "improving" the story.

Great writing solidly translated to very entertaining television.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By bernie TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 29 Aug. 2010
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The collection includes THE UNPLEASANTNESS AT THE BELLONA CLUB (1972), THE NINE TAILORS (1974), MURDER MUST ADVERTISE (1973), FIVE RED HERRINGS (1975), and CLOUDS OF WITNESS (1972). See individual titles for my reviews.

Excellent acting and close enough to the book that you cannot complain.
I bought these presentations as individual sets. First on video then replaced them with DVD's. You cannot ware down a DVD but I am trying it as each viewing brings forth a missed nuance.

Lord Peter Wimsey - The Unpleasantness At The Bellona Club [DVD] [1973]
Lord Peter Wimsey - The Nine Tailors [DVD] [1974]
Lord Peter Wimsey - Murder Must Advertise [DVD] [1973]
Lord Peter Wimsey - Five Red Herrings [DVD] [1975]
Lord Peter Wimsey - Clouds Of Witness [DVD] [1972]
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Mystery Buff on 27 Feb. 2014
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I had some reservations about bying this set because I was a real fan of Edward Petherbridge whom I deemed to be the embodiment
of Lord Peter . So I was extremely pleased to discover what a good job Ian Carmichael made of it .The collection includes Clouds of Witness,The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club ,Murder must Advertise , The Nine Tailors and Five Red Herrings.Each tale is feature lenght and is virtually identical in every way to Dorothy L Sayers books right down to the dialogue.The sets the costumes and the language are perfect for the era. Lord Peter helped by Bunter his "man"solve unsemingly unsolvable crimes .Each film is a little gem .I have no intention of discussing the plots just to say the DVD is well worth the money to a fan of Dorothy L Sayers.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Nigel123 on 26 Aug. 2010
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This set is, in my opinion the difinitive Wimsey. The cast are superbly cast, if that makes sense. Except for 'The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club' when they changed Bunter for that story only. The stories are quite tame for a modern younger audience, no large blood splaters, graphic sex scenes or crude language and the crooks will always give up in a most British manner.
All in all there is a very pleasant nearly 17 hours of some of the best of British period drama here.
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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By John Austin HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on 10 July 2011
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Dorothy L Sayers' Lord Peter Wimsey novels were considered by the BBC when it was looking for something that might be as successful as the enormously popular "Forsythe Saga" production of the 1960s. For various reasons, other works were chosen, and it was not until 1972 that a series was approved and produced during the following four years. Even so, there were problems. The Wimsey novels are cumulative, that is to say, the earliest of them predates the events and character development of the next. It was intended to begin production with "Murder Must Advertise", but on reflection the correct decision was made to produce the adaptations in the order in which the novels first appeared, omitting the first in the Wimsey canon, however - "Whose Body". Ian Carmichael and other cast members were chosen, most reprising their roles throughout the years of production.

Now it's possible to enjoy this BBC production packaged in one box of 10 DVDs. Productions these days are not as studio-bound, nor are the female coiffures so "ropey", but there's not much here that could be improved. The great lack, for me however, is the absence of the narrative voice of Dorothy L Sayers. Yes, her dialogues, characters and plots stand up well, but she could write better than almost everybody else in this "genre", and to enjoy her prose you must return to the books.
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