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House of Eliott - with Murders!
on 30 July 2007
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.