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Lord Peter Wimsey - Murder Must Advertise [DVD]

Ian Carmichael , Mark Eden , Rodney Bennett    Parental Guidance   DVD
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  • Actors: Ian Carmichael, Mark Eden, Rachel Herbert, Robin Bailey, John Hallam
  • Directors: Rodney Bennett
  • Producers: Richard Beynon
  • Format: PAL
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Acorn
  • DVD Release Date: 3 Aug 2009
  • Run Time: 196 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00264GB1K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 112,979 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Another case for the aristocratic amateur sleuth. Following the suspicious death of a young copywriter at Pym's Publicity Ltd, Lord Peter Wimsey (Ian Carmichael) adopts the pseudonym of Death Bredon and goes undercover as an adman to investigate. The dead man had warned the company owner that criminal activity was afoot within the office walls, and it is not long before Wimsey is winkling out the nefarious wrong-doers using his own, inimitable methods.

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Oh, this is lovely! 8 May 2004
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I am awfully fond of these early-seventies Ian Carmichael dramatisations of the Lord Peter novels, but just to be clear, first timers should know and accept the following:
1) These televesion plays were made thirty years ago on a shoe string budget. They bear little resemblence to our modern idea of a televsion show, being much more like televised theatre. *Slow* televised theatre.
2) Ian Carmichael's Lord Peter Wimsey is in some respects distinctly different from Dorothy Sayers' Lord Peter, he's much more physically & psychologically robust. Very hard to imagine him collapsing with nerves & he's certainly no chattering icicle; Carmichael's Wimsey is a solid, warm, commanding type.
If any of that bothers you, see the eighties-vintage Edward Petherbridge dramatisations of the Harriet Vane mysteries for higher production values, slightly faster pacing, and a true-to-character Wimsey. Much as I love those later efforts, I think you'll be missing out if you don't give these a try. The screen plays are very well adapted from the books & the acting is very good indeed.
Murder Must Advertise is the novel Sayers based on her own experience of years in an early advertising firm. After a mysterious death, Lord Peter arrives incognitio to try and puzzle out what is going on. I don't want to give too much away here and spoil anyone's fun, suffice it to say that this is a prime piece of entertainment & one to be savoured. My only quibble is with the perfectly *hideous* harlequin costume Lord Peter dons at one point. I mean, I know they had a miniscule budget, but this is so mesmerically unflattering that it leaves one wondering what on earth Carmichael had done to the wardrobe mistress to merit such retribution!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Victor Dean spirals to his death 2 April 2006
Victor Dean (Robert Hamilton) writes "There is something going on in the organization that is very undesirable and might lead to serious consequences,"
Shortly after that Victor Dean spirals to his death. An accident?
It may be coincidence but to be on the safe side Mr. Pym (Peter Pratt) of Pym's Advertising Agency heirs a privet detective "Death Breen" to secretly find the answer. Mr. Breen poses as a beginning copy writer and gets to know the staff. We notice that Mr. Breen is too well dressed for the part and looking closer we recognize him as...
Lord Peter (Ian Carmichael) used the address of the empty apartment owned by his brother-in-law Chief Inspector Parker (Mark Eden) and sister Lady Mary (Rachel Herbert)
While Lord Peter is doing his investigation of the mysterious doings at Pym's, Chief Inspector Parker is investigation dope smuggling. Their paths cross frequently.
Is there a link?
And was Victor Dean just a victim of an accident?
Watch and find out.
You may notice that Ian Carmichael is really showing his age in this film and is just a tad old for the part.
They took the time to put just about everything relevant from the book in to this production. There were a few exceptions but not worth bothering about. The production is complete enough that you do not have to read the book.
Dorothy L. Sayers writes many non-fiction books however among her best is the Lord Peter Wimsey series. I came to this series sort of though the back door. My first taste was the BBC productions with Petherbridge as Lord Peter, which can now be found on DVD and as a set of Lord Peter stories. So I read all of Dorothy's books containing the relationship of Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Vane. Now it is time to go through the whole series.
This item is worth purchasing as you will want to replay it often.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars murder must advertise 10 Aug 2009
A brillant BBC production. Watch the whole thing in 1 go. Any one who has heard the radio production is sure to enjoy this DVD.
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