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4.0 out of 5 stars Sayers' stories shorn of Sayers the writer., 10 July 2011
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This review is from: Lord Peter Wimsey Collection [DVD] [1972] (DVD)
Dorothy L Sayers' Lord Peter Wimsey novels were considered by the BBC when it was looking for something that might be as successful as the enormously popular "Forsythe Saga" production of the 1960s. For various reasons, other works were chosen, and it was not until 1972 that a series was approved and produced during the following four years. Even so, there were problems. The Wimsey novels are cumulative, that is to say, the earliest of them predates the events and character development of the next. It was intended to begin production with "Murder Must Advertise", but on reflection the correct decision was made to produce the adaptations in the order in which the novels first appeared, omitting the first in the Wimsey canon, however - "Whose Body". Ian Carmichael and other cast members were chosen, most reprising their roles throughout the years of production.

Now it's possible to enjoy this BBC production packaged in one box of 10 DVDs. Productions these days are not as studio-bound, nor are the female coiffures so "ropey", but there's not much here that could be improved. The great lack, for me however, is the absence of the narrative voice of Dorothy L Sayers. Yes, her dialogues, characters and plots stand up well, but she could write better than almost everybody else in this "genre", and to enjoy her prose you must return to the books.
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