The Mrs Bradley Mysteries: Death At The Opera/The Rising... Moon [VHS] 
Two more adventures for Gladys Mitchell's feminine sleuth. In 'Death at the Opera', Mrs Bradley (Diana Rigg) investigates the death of a music teacher after giving a lecture at her old school, Hadleigh Heights. 'The Rising of the Moon' sees Mrs Bradley assisting her colleague Inspector Christmas (Peter Davison) when a member of a travelling circus is murdered in Brentford-on-Thames.
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Includes 2 episodes:
Death at the Opera
Attending a performance of the Mikado as guest of honour at her old school, Mrs Bradley hardly expected to be embrolied in amurder investigation. Beneath the outward veneer of scholarly respectability, Mrs Bradley uncovers bitter rivalry, fake indentities and a secret liason that are laced through with theft, lechery and blackmail.
The Rising of the Moon
A travelling circus - resplendent with clowns, dwarves, a knife-throwing act and an enigmatic ring-mistress - comes to a tranquil English village. But when a young woman from the circus is stabbed to death, Mrs Bradley discovers that it is not only the clowns who are hiding behind masks.
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A 90 minute pilot followed by 4 hour long episodes - throughout, Mrs. Bradley delivering acerbic asides to camera. Many chuckles - as when she sits to endure "The Mikado" at a girls' school. heartily wishing Gilbert and Sullivan had never met. More seriously, there is elsewhere evidence of the lasting emotional scars suffered by those who fought in The Great War.
Leisurely, stylish and enjoyable, music of the period enhancing. It is also fun identifying so many familiar faces - some who seem since to have vanished; others on their way to current fame. (Note, for example, the stable boy seen briefly in Ep.1.) One episode even sports two 'Doctor Who's.
Diana Rigg is always a force to be reckoned with, but Neil Dudgeon as George is not eclipsed. (He destined to succeed John Nettles in "Midsomer Murders".) In fact the partnership works so well, it surprises there is no Season 2.
Make the most of this one then -just sit back and savour!
I love period dramas and this one is exceptional - good plots that makes you follow the story as it develops, fantastic acting. There is a very good chemistry between the two main characters and Diana Rigg is very much one of my favourites actresses. I'm very pleased with my purchase and for a few hours I was transported to another time and place. Very enjoyable!
If you like stories that surprises and trips you that is the series for you.
As has previously been commented upon, what a pity more were not made. Still, having progressed to the new DCI Barnaby in Midsomer County, no doubt 'George' will now have enough to contend with! Well worth watching - and owning, as the series is rarely repeated on TV in the UK.
Mrs Bradley series presents Diana as a rather unwilling solver of murders and dastardly deeds ably assisted by her butler whom you suspect is more a loyal friend than a mere servant- he actually has to do the serious and dangerous work!
The stories are slick and you get to see a throng of familiar british character actors at every turn.
The twists in the plots are clever and keep you wondering, while knowing our heroine will solve things in the end. I love looking at the costumes that hark back to an era than can only be old england at its best.
You'll enjoy watching Mrs Bradley Mysteries again and again.
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