This is a review of the BBC radio series starring Ian Carmichael
This is a difficult CD to review. It is classed as part of the Lord peter cannon. It's about Harriet Vane attending a gaudy night at her old (fictional) college of Shrewsbury and everythging is done from her first person perspective. No problem with this; but Lord Peter is hardly in it for the first part. He is more of an "also ran". That is what is hard to grade. Because of this I would give it 2 stars. If it was Lord Peter attending his own gaudy night at his own college that would be fine. Take Lord Peter out of it all together and treat it as a stand alone story then it becomes much better. It explores the status of women in education, class differences and the competing demands on women to be one thing (spinster academic) or the other (wife 1920s style) rather than both. It also raises issues about academic integrity; and the final scene when the perpetrator reveals their motives and heartfelt distress it is a very powerful and emotive scene, well written. Fot this I would give it 4 stars. To draw some kind of justice i have drawn an average and given it 3 stars. Well worth the listen.