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The Mrs Bradley Mysteries [DVD] [1998] [2000]

Peter Davison , Diana Rigg , Audrey Cooke    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Peter Davison, Diana Rigg, Neil Dudgeon, Roy Barraclough, Kenneth Colley
  • Directors: Audrey Cooke
  • Producers: Deborah Jones
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Anamorphic, Widescreen, HiFi Sound
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: Cinema Club
  • DVD Release Date: 14 May 2007
  • Run Time: 315 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NUXZ8G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 6,370 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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All four episodes, plus the 90-minute pilot, of the BBC murder mystery series starring Diana Rigg as the irrepressibly inquisitive Adela Bradley. Paired with her reliable and devoted chauffeur, George (Neil Dudgeon), Mrs Bradley's finely honed skills of investigation seek out the truth behind the mysteries surrounding a death at the opera, crimes of passion at a circus, poisoning and family secrets. Her powers of psychological sleuthing are challenged to the full, but Mrs Bradley's supreme intuition is always triumphant in the end.


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197 of 199 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars House of Eliott - with Murders! 30 July 2007
By Scots Lass TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
Light and frothy, this little series from the BBC is a delight for fans of crime and costume drama. Diana Rigg sparkles as lady detective Adella Bradley - clearly a woman ahead of her time - who, with help from chauffeur George (Neil Dudgeon) visits friends and country houses where murders just happen to occur.

The pilot episode is 80 minutes long and then there are 4 other 55 minute stories, each complete. A feast for the eyes and ears, the period detail and music of the roaring 1920's, are spot on and although the crimes themselves are portrayed in a less than serious way, the solutions are good and the clues well placed.

Adella's little asides to the camera - usually on the subject of marriage and men in general - add to the feeling for the viewer of being 'in' on a close chums adventures - and the cast is littered with well known British actors including Peter Davison and David Tennant.

If you like Marple and Poirot this little series will fit nicely into your dvd collection and will provide suitable viewing for the whole family. Pity more were not made - Gladys Mitchell wrote many books which could have been adapted - but I imagine that the cost involved would perhaps worry the BBC accountants.
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58 of 60 people found the following review helpful
By U.K.
Format:DVD
I can't begin to understand how I missed this show when in was on the BBC in the late 90's. It is sooooo good. I've always loved anything to do with Poirot, Mrs Marple and all that stuff... but I feel Mrs Bradley might be in a class of her own, you can't help but loving her.

A snooping old lady, quite different from Christie's Marple, Mrs Bradley is a rich and confident woman, a feminist avant-la-lettre. Diana Rigg is excellently cast as the intellectual Adela Bradley. She carries the role very well. The costumes, the settings, the ambiance,... it's all very much what one would come to expect of a BBC production.

I blame myself that there have never been more episodes of this gem. Apparantly the ratings wheren't quite all that so it ended after just five shows. If I had just watched it, I could have made a difference. Maybe if we buy enough of the dvd's they'll change their mind and make a new series?
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84 of 88 people found the following review helpful
By C. O. DeRiemer HALL OF FAME TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
"The countryside? A place where the birds and animals wander about uncooked." That's Mrs. Adela Bradley speaking. The mystery is titled Speedy Death, the first of five in this set. The place is an English country manor home. The time is the 1920s. And the who include an old friend of Mrs. Bradley, the wealthy Alastair Bing; his daughter Eleanor, who is Mrs. Bradley's god-daughter, confined to a wheelchair since an auto accident two years earlier and who will come into a fortune when she marries; Eleanor's fiancee, Everard Mountjoy; his son, Garde; Garde's best friend (who was driving when Eleanor was crippled), Bertie Philipson; and Garde's house guest, Dorothy Manners. Of course, there are assorted servants as well as Mrs. Bradley's chauffeur, George Moody (Neil Dudgeon). George is big, capable man who dislikes boredom as much as Mrs. Bradley does.

Adela Bradley (Diana Rigg) is a wealthy woman of a certain age, a divorcee, a psychoanalyst, a catcher of criminals, a woman who drives about in a Rolls Royce, enjoys cocktails, is skeptical about many things, especially love and husbands, and who some might say is, in one of the great descriptive words of the Twenties, louche. "I'm never entirely sure if I'm famous or notorious," she confides to us in one of her asides spoken into the camera. "Someone once said famous is to live in poverty and end up as a statue. Naturally, I prefer to be notorious."

Little does Mrs. Bradley realize that during her weekend at the Bing estate, where Eleanor's engagement to Mountjoy will be formally announced, she will encounter murder. That's in addition to calculated emotional manipulation, pre-planned adultery, psychotic obsession and a shocking discovery that takes place in a bath tub.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Been looking for this for ages 11 Feb 2010
By JC Bell
Format:DVD
I loved this series when it was first shown on the BBC. A glib heroine who breaks the fourth wall to let the audience into extra bits of bitchy observation is both refreshing and rare. As most murder mysteries go, the plot of each episode, and the general portrayal of characters can be a bit stilted, but that's almost part of the genre. Miles better than Miss Marple, and with a quaint soundtrack.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars good for my english 21 Jan 2012
By franck
Format:DVD
my English is not very good so I am forced to see the episodes several times.
an excellent pretext, Diana Rigg is charming
I discover new details every time, it is very well done,
should continue the series.
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47 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Beware Duplication 11 Sep 2007
By A. J. Bradbury VINE VOICE
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
As the two previous reviewers have said, this is a great series for those who like period mysteries such as the Poirot and Lord Peter Wimsey productions. But beware - there are only 5 episodes in total:

1. Speedy Death
2. Death at the Opera
3. The Rising of the Moon
4. Laurels are poison
5. Worsted Viper

In the UK (i.e. Region 2), the BBC have released all five episodes on this two-disk box set (with no extras).

In America the first, feature length, episode - Speedy Death - was released separately. There are therefore TWO US boxed sets - but still only the same 5 episodes:

Qne is called "The Mrs. Bradley Mysteries," but it only includes episodes 2-4 inclusive plus a few extras.
The other is called "The Mrs. Bradley Mysteries Series 1", which includes "The Mrs. Bradley Mysteries" plus "Speedy Death" on a separate disk (and the same extras).
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2.0 out of 5 stars ... know this series and I found it a little boring: it seems that the...
I didn't know this series and I found it a little boring: it seems that the characters play on a stage and Diane Rigg as not the charming of other actress like Angela Lansbury in... Read more
Published 1 hour ago by christina
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great
Published 16 hours ago by Jacquie Woodhouse
5.0 out of 5 stars ... fan of Diana Riggs since a child and i love the agatha christie...
I have been a fan of Diana Riggs since a child and i love the agatha christie feel of this series. It is a complete pleasure to be able to watch and re watch this series again... Read more
Published 1 day ago by lorraine
5.0 out of 5 stars The Mrs Bradley Mysteries
I have always liked Diana Rigg,a very good actress indeed and this part suits her completely,as she and her sidekick solve crimes its not often we see this period, but I am glad... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Mrs W Waugh
5.0 out of 5 stars Escapism at its best
wonderful series they should have made more
Published 7 days ago by carol oliver
4.0 out of 5 stars but all looks fine at the moment
Again, this is a present so I don't know about the quality of the DVD itself, but all looks fine at the moment.
Published 8 days ago by poppyfan
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
I enjoyed this series. A bit dated of course. Light entertainment, do not expect too much from it.
Published 21 days ago by E Lloyd
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
What a shame there weren't more!!!
Published 1 month ago by Glennis Brent
5.0 out of 5 stars The outfits Diana Rigg wears are fantastic - I like the relationsheip...
The outfits Diana Rigg wears are fantastic - I like the relationsheip betwen her and the chauffeur and her acerbic comments to camera.
Published 1 month ago by J. Nenova
5.0 out of 5 stars A joy from start to finish
Just brilliant.
Published 1 month ago by amcarn15
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