The Mrs Bradley Mysteries
|The Mrs Bradley Mysteries|
|Genre||Period crime drama|
|Created by||Gladys Mitchell (character)|
|Directed by||James Hawes and Martin Hutchings|
|Theme music composer||Ray Henderson and Matthew Scott|
|Opening theme||"You're the Cream in My Coffee"|
|Country of origin||United Kingdom|
|No. of series||1|
|No. of episodes||5|
|Executive producer(s)||Mal Young|
|Running time||60 mins
90 mins (special)
|Original network||BBC One|
|Original release||31 August 1998– 6 February 2000|
The Mrs Bradley Mysteries is a British drama series starring Diana Rigg as Adela Bradley, and Neil Dudgeon as her chauffeur George Moody. The series was produced by the BBC for its BBC One channel between 31 August 1998 and 6 February 2000, based on the character created by detective writer Gladys Mitchell. Five episodes were produced, including a pilot special. Graham Dalby provided the theme music, an instrumental version of the 1928 song "You're the Cream in My Coffee", and he appeared with his orchestra in two episodes. Stylish images of the 1920s are featured, including a classic Rolls Royce limousine and art deco fashions and jewellery worn by the title character.
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Pilot: Speedy Death
After making a shocking appearance at her husband's funeral, Mrs. Adela Bradley, accompanied by her loyal chafffeour George, visits an old friend whose daughter has just become engaged. When the groom-to-be turns up dead, Mrs. Bradley seeks to unravel the mystery and navigates the tragic past of her hosts.
John Alderton as Alastair Bing; Lynda Baron as Mrs. MacNamara; Emma Fielding as Eleanor Bing, aka 'Mouse'; Simeon Andrews as Family Doctor; Tom Butcher as Bertie Philipson; Tyler Butterworth as Ferdinand Bradley; Emma Davies as Hermione Bradley; John Conroy as Henry Baxter; Sue Devaney as Mabel Jones; Tristan Gemmill as Garde Bing; Andrew Hallett as Constable; Roger Grainger as Funeral Vicar; Alec Linstead as Wedding Vicar; Carmela Marner as Pamela Storbin.
Episode 1: Death at the Opera
Mrs. Bradley is to give the keynote speech at her alma mater, a posh boarding school she seems to have a low opinion of. Whilst there, she befriends some of the more promising students, only for one of the teachers to turn up dead. With George's assistance, she learns more of the teachers' quirks and the dark secrets hidden by some of the students. The pair also meet Inspector Christmas, a charming and astute policeman who's a huge fan of Adela's.
Peter Davison as Inspector Christmas; Roy Barraclough as Dr Simms; David Tennant as Max Valentine; James Hurn as Alfie; Amy Marston as Agnes Delamere; Annabelle Apsion as Mona Bunting; Elaine Claxton as Miss Ferris; Susan Wooldridge as Mrs Simms; Monique DeVilliers as Clementine; Carli Norris as Plum Fisher; Ken Oxtoby as Mr Jenner
Episode 2: The Rising of the Moon
Peter Davison as Inspector Christmas; Meera Syal as Madame Marlene; Kenneth Colley as Archie; Francis Magee as Castries; Sheila Steafel as Celestine; Peter Gallagher as Little Bernard; Nikki McInnes as Lilly; Big Mick as Tom; Felicity Montagu as Ruby Larkin; Richard Baglow as Peter; James Baglow as Francis; Nick Woodeson as John Forrester; Janine Duvitski as Mrs. Cockerton.
Episode 3: Laurels Are Poison
Mrs. Bradley visits her oldest friend, who is unprepared for Adela's colorful behavior. When the cook is murdered, the household begins to unravel, and Mrs. Bradley must put her detective and literary skills to work again.
Episode 4: The Worsted Viper
Mrs. Bradley and George make a trip to Cornwall to surprise Inspector Christmas, who's being honored for his recent work. When a local girl turns up murdered, Adela is horrified to see connections to an old case of hers. When the killer targets someone close to George, it's a race against time unravel the secrets of the worsted viper.
Peter Davison as Inspector Christmas; Pooky Quesnel as Delilah Hicks; Isla Blair as Myrtle Quincey; Rebecca Callard as Cecily Moody; Jason O'Mara as Jake Hicks; Matthew Burgess as Constable Sharp; Charlotte Francis as Temperance Baines; John Bowe as Reverend Baines; Alex Palmer as Lester Hicks; Katy Lown as Polly; Eddie Marsan as Ronald Quincey.
The series was shown in the United States by PBS broadcaster WGBH as part of its Mystery! anthology strand, and introduced by Diana Rigg. The full series was also aired in Australia in 2011 by the Seven Network's station 7Two.