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Lord Peter Wimsey -The Nine Tailors [DVD] (1974)

Ian Carmichael , Glyn Houston , Raymond Menmuir    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Ian Carmichael, Glyn Houston, Elizabeth Proud, Patrick Jordan, Gail Harrison
  • Directors: Raymond Menmuir
  • Format: PAL, Dolby, Digital Sound
  • Language: 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 Media
  • DVD Release Date: 6 Aug 2001
  • Run Time: 208 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005MFIL
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 124,808 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Based on the series of novels written by Dorothy L Sayers in the 1920s and 30s, Lord Peter Wimsey was dramatised for TV by the BBC between 1972-5. Ian Carmichael, veteran of British film comedy, played the genial, aristocratic sleuth; Glyn Houston was his manservant Bunter. The pair are similar to PG Wodehouse's Jeeves and Bertie Wooster (whom Carmichael played in an earlier TV adaptation) though here the duo are equal in intelligence, breezing about the country together in Wimsey's Bentley and stumbling with morbid regularity upon baffling murder mysteries to test their wits.

Those for whom this series forms hazy memories of childhood might be surprised at its somewhat stagy, lingering interior shots, the spartan paucity of music, the miserly attitude towards locations, especially foreign ones, and the rather genteel, leisurely pace of these programmes, besides which Inspector Morse seems like Quentin Tarantino in comparison. It seems that initially the BBC was reluctant to commission the series and ventured on production with a wary eye on the budget. The Britain depicted by Sayers is, by and large, populated by either the upper classes or heavily accented, rum-do-and-no-mistake lower orders, which some might find consoling. However, the acting is generally excellent and the murder mysteries are sophisticated parlour games, the televisual equivalent of a good, absorbing jigsaw puzzle.

There were five feature-length adaptations in all. "The Nine Tailors" weaves an especially elaborate tale, involving jewel theft, campanology (the art of bell-ringing) and dual identity. --David Stubbs

Product Description

Stranded in the fens of eastern England one snowy New Year's Eve, Lord Peter Wimsey (Ian Carmichael) seeks refuge with a vicar who has a passion for bell-ringing. A few months later the clergyman gets in touch when an unidentified, mutilated body is found in the grave of the newly deceased Lady Thorpe, which was dug around the time of Wimsey's first visit. As he investigates the death, Wimsey discovers an unexpected link with the theft of a valuable necklace which took place many years earlier...

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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
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Format:VHS Tape
Once again Ian Carmichael proves that he is the definitive Lord Peter Wimsey in this thoroughly entertaining adaptation of the Dorothy L Sayers novel.
The theft of the Wilbraham Emeralds is the catalyst for murder and betrayal - and even the innocent are drawn into acts of desperation with devastating consequences.
Lord Peter is asked to assist in solving the mystery of the mutilated unidentified corpse in Lady Thorpe's grave; a quest which takes him to France and on a treasure hunt. The theft of the emeralds during the Great War had resulted in tragedy, now the efforts to recover them many years later leads to further death and misfortune. Will Lord Peter's quest for the truth finally end the curse of the Wilbrahem jewels.
This BBC adaptation is timeless - quality acting, writing and direction, with wonderfully atmospheric locations.
Put your feet up, put the answering machine on and enjoy some of the best television you will have seen in a long time (well, since the last Lord Peter video!)
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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Flawed, But Enchanting 10 Aug 2001
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Watching the first hour of this four hour serial I felt rather dismayed & I might not have stuck wih it if it weren't for the fact I'd gone and paid good money for the thing. I'm very glad I did though, because after a shaky start it turned into a very rewarding experience. I've always loved The Nine Tailors, family tragedy, missing emeralds, World War I, bell ringing, unidentifiable corpses, dodgy sluice gates, devastating floods and all; and this is an excellent dramatisation of the story, giving a real feel of the terrifying mysteries of gems, bells and floodland. Unfortunately the first episode, which mainly concentrates on the neccessary back story, is a bit too much to swallow, actually Changing The Story (Hiss!) in several aggravatingly pointless ways. The most infuriating of which is when the history of Lord Peter's relationship with Bunter is changed from the original poignant story of the devoted Bunter nurturing back to life the battle-scarred, shell-shocked and guilt-wracked Lord Peter, devastated by the horrors of the Great War, to a jolly (stupid) little tale of Wimsey needing a new man because his current one's too old. Add to that the fact that Ian Charmichael looks about ten years to old to play Wimsey in 1934 and is simply unbelievable in the first episode where this solid late middle aged man is supposed to be a gallant young stripling off to join his regiment in 1914... I mean, I know suspension of disbelief is a necessary requirement for a theatrical audience, but some leaps are simply too long for the imagination. However, once the first episode has been got out of the way, the subsequent three hours are a joy, sticking closely to the original story and sensitively dramatised. Read more ›
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wimsey with Bells On 15 Sep 2009
Lots of atmosphere, especially of an old country house, Norfolk village and church life. This story is typically clever Sayers with the use of campanology, as Wimsey would correctly call bell ringing, taking a central place in the solving of the crime. The story begins years before when a famous necklace is stolen and a butler disappears. Some wonderful characters not the least Carmichael's Wimsey and Glyn Houston's Bunter. The usual exceptional production values and DVD quality. The vicar and his wife are particularly memorable and create a sense of how they would have held the village together. The climax in the flood when the bells reveal the murderer is worth waiting for. If you love vintage English TV this is a keeper.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lord Peter Wimsey on the Fens 9 Nov 2009
A delight to watch. Ian Carmicheal plays Lord Peter very well. This version explains the plot better than the radio series as it starts with the theft years before. This earlier footage trys to make Lord Peter look younger by giving him a moustache, I dont think it worked. There is a nice intoduction of Bunter into the Wimsey household and Bunter is able to show his worth. Overall this is a very good production and my wife and I watched the whole series in one sitting.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Nine Tailors 18 Feb 2012
This is an excellent DVD. The programme was made in the mid-70s, with a cast of actors at the top of their form, and the BBC spending much more money to achieve a sense of excellence than they do now. The original story is famous, and the production does it justice. Thoroughly recommended.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Addaptation 1 Dec 2009
By Megan
An excellent adaptation. Ian Carmichael is superb as Lord Peter Wimsey. The few additions to the plot lend human and humorous touches to the film and do not feel out of place. A real shame that it is no longer available from the manufacturer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Nostalgia fest. 13 Oct 2013
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I adore DLS and her Lord Peter and I think k this may be the best of the Ian Carmichael episodes.
Good for falling asleep to on a wet afternoon.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars very good but somehow it lacks the perfection of those played by...
No grumbles I only prefer Petheridge playing the part of Lord Peter Wimsey. The production has not got the same polish as earlier films
Published 4 months ago by P. M. R. Gibson
5.0 out of 5 stars katebes
witty, intruiguing, well directed with brilliant performances all round - Ian Carmichael is perfect in the lead and there is an excellent performance by Kate Beswick as the French... Read more
Published 7 months ago by K.Beswick
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb
Ian Carmichael was very good as Lord Peter Wimsey, and 'The Nine Tailors' is by far the best of the five televised cases he starred in. Read more
Published 9 months ago by 'Fountain Pen'
5.0 out of 5 stars He sent forth a raven
A young Lord Peter (Ian Carmichael) in formal uniform on his way to the war. He is standing in for his brother The Duke of Denver at a wedding. Read more
Published on 9 May 2010 by bernie
5.0 out of 5 stars He sent forth a raven
A young Lord Peter (Ian Carmichael) in uniform on his way to the war. He is standing in for his brother The Duke of Denver at a wedding. Read more
Published on 12 April 2006 by bernie
3.0 out of 5 stars Hard work but rewarding in the end
The plot of "The Nine Tailors" is based on the art of bellringing - yet for the first hour you would never know. Read more
Published on 20 Jan 2006 by J Raymund Livesey
1.0 out of 5 stars Unbearably poor quality
I wish I could comment on the merits of this dramatization in terms of cast, screenplay etc. However, I never made it past the first 30 seconds or so because of the intolerably... Read more
Published on 6 Jun 2005
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