This is the third in a series of television movies based on Dorothy L. Sayers's famous mystery series featuring Harriet Vein and amateur sleuth Lord Peter Wimsey. The first two programs are "Strong Poison" and "Have His Carcass."
One of the strengths of the BBC production is that they do not try to dramatize so much that the story does not match the book. One of the advantages of this series is that it is long enough that most of the pertinent information is shown. They made an excellent choice when deciding to use Edward Petherbridge as Lord Peter Wimsey and Harriet Walter as Harriet Vane. They match the book character descriptions perfectly. In fact if you see this program before you read the book their images will be in your mind.
Maybe due to time restraints or different directing, many of the most interesting book characters were left out of "Gaudy Night" A chess board plays a significant part in the book and is also left out of this version.
Harriet is invite to her university's gaudy. She soon finds out that it is not an idle indentation. It seems that people are receiving poison pen letters and very nasty pranks. Not wanting the police to be involved they turn to Harriet (knowing of here reputation for solving crimes.) When Harriet receives a letter herself she confides in Lord Peter. Are these innocent pranks or will they lead to some thing more sinister? And who is the culprit?
on 18 January 2013
I had been trying to get this for the last couple of years, I had watched it on the TV but wanted my own copy. When it came it didnt dissapoint, the quality and sound were great. It was as good as I remembered it, and I really enjoyed it. Delivery was good infact the whole thing was a positive experience.
on 8 August 2015
Some reviewers have complained that a number of things in the novel are left out in this adaption, but the novel is a long one and I for one do not regret that everything is not included. It is true that I have not read it for years, but I find that this adaption works very well on its own terms. Many have pointed out that Edward Petherbridge is the definitive Lord Peter Wimsey, and likewise Harriet Walter is perfect as Harriet Vane – a stunningly attractive Harriet Vane. One can see why Wimsey found her irresistible. And irresistible is the word for this DVD as a whole – excellent from start to finish.
on 27 February 2004
Well worth watching as this production is well acted and produced. Edward Petherbridge is surely the definitive Peter Wimsey. Sadly the story has been compressed, mangled and diluted from the original book. So much has been missed out.
Watch this adaptation and enjoy it but please do read the book, it has so much more depth and interest.