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The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: The Murder at Road Hill House [DVD]

Paddy Considine , Peter Capaldi , James Hawes    Parental Guidance   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Paddy Considine, Peter Capaldi, Tom Georgeson
  • Directors: James Hawes
  • Writers: Neil McKay
  • Producers: Nigel Marchant, Mark Redhead
  • Format: PAL
  • 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: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: 2entertain
  • DVD Release Date: 2 May 2011
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B004NBZ4PI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,995 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

Adapted from Kate Summerscale’s best-selling book, this gripping true story of murder, psychological suspense and courtroom drama has all the hallmarks of a classic Victorian murder mystery:
a body, a detective and a country house full of secrets and suspects.

On the morning of 30th June 1860, the body of three-year-old Saville Kent is found brutally murdered and hidden down a servants’ privy in the grounds of the elegant Road Hill House, on the edge of a sleepy Wiltshire village.

As the local police struggle to solve the crime, the case becomes a national scandal. On the orders of the Home Secretary, Inspector Jonathan “Jack” Whicher, the so-called “Prince of Sleuths” from the newly formed Scotland Yard detective department, is despatched to the countryside to identify the killer and restore order. But this case is to prove the most difficult of his career.

Special Features:
Behind the Scenes at Road Hill House

Product Description

United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2.4 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital Stereo ), English ( Subtitles ), ANAMORPHIC WIDESCREEN (1.78:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Anamorphic Widescreen, Behind the scenes, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: In 1860 Scotland Yard's 'Prince of Sleuths' Jack Whicher is sent to rural Wiltshire to investigate the murder of three-year-old Saville Kent,snatched from his bed at night and killed.Saville's nurse Elizabeth Gough is a prime suspect but released for want of evidence though local Superintendant Foley is convinced it is an inside job. Foley gives his help grudgingly,disdainful of 'modern' methods,speculating that Saville woke to see Elizabeth with a lover,possibly Saville's father,an unpopular man. Part of a woman's torn garment is found,stained in blood,and Constance,Kent's sixteen-year-old daughter from his first marriage, claims she lost a night-gown. Dr. Stapleton,the family physician,tells Whicher that Constance,like her mother,is dangerously unstable and jealous of Saville. Both she and younger brother William hate their stepmother Mary,their former nanny,with whom Kent cuckolded their mother. Whicher arrests Constance but fails to get a confession from her and,at her trial,a clever lawyer gets her acquitted,discrediting Whicher,who suffers a breakdown. Saville's killer is never caught. ...The Suspicions of Mr Whicher

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost as good as the book! 27 Sep 2011
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Having read the actual book, I was a bit worried what to expect from a tv movie. However, I must confess that I thoroughly enjoyed the film and found that in some places it was even clearer than the book! When reading a book you can find yourself forming a mental image of the characters and this might make you feel disappointed when your favorite book is turned into a movie. Sometimes the characters don't live up to your expectation. In this case, I found that the only character that was different than I thought, was Jack Whicher. I thought the actor Paddy was brilliant in some scenes and than a bit mediocre in another. However, overall I was impressed with him and definitely with the other actors.
My verdict: It is a definite must-see!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
It's 1860. When 3 yr old Saville Kent is abducted from his bed and savagely murdered, the whole country is in uproar. Questions are asked in Parliament, and the Home Secretary sends Mr Whicher, a high flying detective Inspector from Scotland Yard off to Wiltshire to bring the murderer swiftly to justice. Whicher not only has to contend with the cunning of the culprit, but also fight against the resentfulness of the local constabulary, and the prejudices of the local community, who resent having a stranger poking around.

The film is based on Kate Summerscale's fine book, which is in turn a documentation of very real events. The script writers have, of necessity, left out huge chunks of the book in order to condense it to a 90 minute screenplay, but they have done well to leave a story that flows well, gets the essential points across and leave the essential drama and character study intact.

The actors all acquit themselves well, especially Considine as Whicher, and Tom Georgeson as his local constabulary nemesis. The directing feels a little flat and uninspired, but it gets the story across efficiently. In all a decent 90 minutes of TV, worth at least 4 stars.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Book to film? A success for me! 12 Jun 2012
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Having read both Kate Summerscale's book and some of the negative the reviews here, I had my doubts about the success of a transfer of this murder mystery, to film. The book was extremely heavy on detail, and it surely was no easy task for this to be squeezed into under two hours of film, but on the whole it was achieved very well. The essence of the key issues in the book were all there and the plot unravelled at a pace that held the interest right to the very end. The acting was sound in all characters and the screenplay did just enough to convey the contemporary Victorian attitudes to this case that became a national obsession. I enjoyed it!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars a rare case of film better than book 4 July 2011
By vogie
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Although I enjoyed the book, it did drag on at times with an excess of detail and information on the case. The movie is much more engaging, although the ending was brought about too abruptly and I feel I wouldn't have understood it well if I had not read the book beforehand (as my daughters experienced when they watched it with me). All in all, I recommend both book and film, as a package for a very interesting story.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Suspicions of Mr Whicher 11 Dec 2011
By Max
I am fortunate enough to be living only a stone's throw from where the true events of this terrible crime happened. I bought the book and couldn't put it down. When this film was released earlier this year (2011) I was determined to see it and was glad that I did. There are some deviations away from the book and many key events have been omitted - but then the producers cannot be expected to condense a 24-hour book into a 2-hour movie for TV. I was only mildly disappointed but to be quite fair I believe the essence of the story is not in how Mr Whicher, a detective from the London Metropolitan Police, was able to identify the miscreant but in fact how he had to fight through obstacles thrown in his way by the local police force (Trowbridge) who were understandably miffed by the Met having been involved in what should have been their investigation. However, it is a very watchable movie and I am pleased to have bought it. I shall watch it many more times; there is always something I missed the previous time. Very watchable. 9 out of 10.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Much Better than I expected 1 July 2011
I found the book The Suspicions of Mr. Whicher: or the Murder at Road Hill House to be an extremely detailed account of the Road Hill House case that was the talk of Victorian society at the time, and deemed a major scandal. This drama is a very light version of the book and keeps everything on a simple level, but is does work. What is missing is the intensity if scrutiny that was applied to the case, with the likes of Dickens giving regular opinions. Worth watching.

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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What a find! 25 Dec 2012
By Sally T
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I wish I could key in "murders in Victorian England" and an endless list of films similar to this will miraculously appear. Paddy Considine is Mr Whicher, the detective sent to Wiltshire to solve the terrible murder at Road Hill House. He is under a lot of pressure by his boss to bring the murderer to justice, but he has his work cut out for him due to the narrow-minded attitude of the Police officer in charge of the investigation. In fact he does everything to get Whicher out of the way,the father of the murdered boy is no help either and when Whicher thinks he has the case solved, the key witness denies everything she had told Whicher. Considine is impeccable as Whicher, his torture at his failure - it nearly destroyed the detective, his integrity, all marvellous to see - you just cannot take your eyes off Mr Whicher. My favourite scene is when Whicher tells the murdered boy's father who really caused this horror to happen.

This film is worth 5 stars for Paddy Considine's acting, although the supporting cast is also admirable, the atmosphere of Victorian England is also cleverly portrayed, social attitudes, injustice everything. My husband and myself have watched this film a few times and yes I would recommend it to lovers of crime.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars mister wicher lays an egg.
The book is rivetting - the television adaptaion is a reasonably well made soap opera, which completely misses the impact of the book and dispenses with the thrilling details of... Read more
Published 2 months ago by addison de witt
4.0 out of 5 stars Pleasantly Surprised
I picked this up by chance at my local library. I have not read the book so I knew nothing of the story. I thought the film was very well acted and not at all confusing. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jenny
5.0 out of 5 stars good to see gritty wellmade drama
hope they make more of these or a tv series this is good drama like they used to make without making it too modern looking
Published 5 months ago by j maltby
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent value & great story.
Very quick delivery, excellent value & good quality. watchedf on TV & enjoyed. cant wait to watch it again. Very pleased. Excellent item & reliable supplier.
Published 6 months ago by trace j gwilliam
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining but lacks context
Having been a fan of Paddy Considine for some time it was good to see him headlining a show, Considine's image on the DVD cover being what initially drew me to the legend of Jack... Read more
Published 6 months ago by J. Potter
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
This is a fantastic film and I would recommend it to any one interested in intense period drama. I wish they make an offshoot TV Series.
Published 6 months ago by jakczek
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Very good value for money , excellent portrayal of Victorian Britain , twist at the end . Well crafted plot and strong characters xx
Published 7 months ago by huyton fattie mum
5.0 out of 5 stars MR WHICHER
Published 8 months ago by Mr. T. G. Payne
3.0 out of 5 stars somewhat plodding
A pleasant enough movie. The characterisation is good, along with the setting. But it's let down by a rather plodding screenplay. The movie never really 'fires up'. Read more
Published 9 months ago by R. C. Harris
4.0 out of 5 stars A good murder story
For anyone who enjoys a well constructed detective story , this is a very interesting drama , keeps you guessing . Atmospheric and quite dark at times .
Published 11 months ago by moira doherty M Doherty
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