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The Mrs Bradley Mysteries [DVD]  
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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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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.
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?
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.Read more ›
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).
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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Well pleased with this purchase. Good communication with seller. Recommend A+++Published 25 days ago by Ms Hilary Morrow
I love who-dun-its and Mrs Bradley Mysteries fits the bill. Excellent performances and great period sets. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Chris
Fantastic loved it first time round enjoyed every episode well worth getting. Family entertainment.Published 3 months ago by Karen Shurey