Cluedo

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 4 : Ep 6

    Publish and Be Damned

    Aired 5/24/93

  • S 4 : Ep 5

    Where There's a Will

    Aired 5/17/93

  • S 4 : Ep 4

    The Hanged Man

    Aired 5/10/93

  • S 4 : Ep 3

    The Word, The Flesh And The Devil

    Aired 5/3/93

  • S 4 : Ep 2

    Seven Deadly Sinners

    Aired 4/26/93

  • Cast & Crew
  • Stephanie Beacham

    Mrs Elizabeth Peacock #1

  • Robin Ellis

    Colonel Michael Mustard #1

  • Robin Nedwell

    Reverend Jonathan Green #1

  • Kristoffer Tabori

    Professor Peter Plum #1

  • Tracy-Louise Ward

    Miss Vivienne Scarlet #1

  • show Description
  • 'You are invited to a murder...' Welcome to the Cluedo guide at TV.com. Cluedo was a rather unique show- part game-show, part murder mystery- based on the Waddington Games boardgame Cluedo. The show ran for four seasons from 1990 to 1993, with a Christmas Special in 1990. Mrs. Peacock lives at Arlington Grange with her step-daughter, the gorgeous (and fast) Miss Scarlett and her housekeeper Mrs. White. Friends of the family Professor Plum, Colonel Mustard and Reverend Green are always to be found at the Grange. The Grange also has a series of visitors- someone all the main characters will have good reasons for wanting dead. It is no surprise then that the discovery of a dead body is never too far behind... but who committed the murder? What weapon did they use? And where in the Grange did the murder occur? The show followed the same format each week- a film of this week's murderous events is shown to two guest teams, who question the suspects and try to work out who did the deed. Members of the cast improvise their answers, and the detectives make their accusations at to who the killer is, before the killer confessing all at the end of the show. Each season- plus the Christmas Special- has a new cast playing the main six suspects. Outside the UK, the series was sometimes called Clue. An Australian Cluedo was also produced.moreless

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (183)

    • Mrs Peacock: (her confession) I'm glad I killed him. He deserved to die. Yesterday, I was on top of the world. I thought a wonderful man was in love with me. We were to be married; I was going to become a countess. Then... between one moment and the next, my life was shattered. I heard Blanche talking to somebody in the dining room. The voice sounded familiar but... He went into his act. It was all I could do to keep control of myself, but I had to act as if I hadn't seen through him. So I had to be cruel to Blanche. It was the only way I could keep up the pretence. Later, I sneaked back into the dining room and poured poison into the brandy. The only person apart from him who was likely to drink it was me and I didn't intend to. It was so easy to send him to his death. He was so cheap. Luxuries like the vintage armagnac were irrestible. I should have known in the way he was greedy with expensive things. I should have known. How could I have fallen for him when Mike was around?

    • Mrs White: (to Count Henri) I know your sort. I can read you like a book. You with your smarmy manners and slimy incinerations.

    • Mrs White: (asked about her movements during cross-examination) I secreted meself be'ind the curtains.

    • Professor Plum: (during cross-examination) I'm an American, what do you mean I don't know how to use a gun?

    • Karen Beer: (during cross-examination) How did you meet the Count? Mrs Peacock: On a ferry. James Bellini: Ah, a ferry story.

    • Colonel Mustard: (his confession) That damned disco was going to ruin me. I had a cash-flow crisis and my accountant said the only way to save my business was by selling up and moving to a cheaper house. Mr Hall had sent the value of my house through the floor. I didn't know what to do. I did know that I... the last thing I wanted was to sit in a room with that man. So I made my excuses but when it came to it I couldn't just sit by not knowing how it was going, so I drove over and went and listened at the window. I suppose I knew what I had to do the moment I heard Plum say that Mrs Peacock wouldn't be able to buy the land. There was only one way to save the village and my business. I sneaked inside and hid in the dining room. I was on the other side of the door when the rat was blackmailing Vivienne. It just made it easier. When they'd gone, I went to listen at the study door. I was almost caught twice, by Mrs White when she went by and when my phone went off. After Mrs Peacock went by, I waited for Hall to come out of the study. I got him to come into the dining room, I picked up the statuette and then I... I... When he was dead, I left by the window. Then it was easy, I just wandered round to the front door. I would have got away with it. I should have. It's not fair.

    • Mrs White: (to James Bellini) Thank you, Mr Baloney.

    • Professor Plum: (to Anna) And I just want to say that I will never watch your show again!

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    Notes (110)

    • Possible Murder Weapons: Candlestick Pistol Poison Knife Rope Paperweight

    • Winning team: Edward Hardwicke and Karen Beer.

    • For this season only, the investigative teams are comprised of one celebrity and a non-celebrity who is connected in some way to elements within Cluedo (private investigators, Cluedo champions, members of the police force etc.). From the Christmas Special onwards, the teams are comprised of two celebrities.

    • For this season only, Professor Plum is portrayed as a young American businessman (instead of his usual guise as a slightly eccentric English professor).

    • Solution: Mrs Peacock with the Poison in the Dining Room.

    • Stephanie Beacham later commented that the house used as Arlington Grange was so cold that she wore thermal vests under all her dresses, while both she and Tracy-Louise Ward had to wear overcoats between takes to avoid shivering.

    • Dr Mike Hammer was a pathologist in real life, and Karen Beer a special constable. Nanette Newman is a writer and TV presenter, and Edward Hardwicke is an actor.

    • Weapons: pistol, poison, paper-weight, candle-stick, kitchen knife, and rope.

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    Trivia (83)

    • List Of Suggestions: Team 1: Mrs White with the Kitchen Knife in the Study (0) Team 2: Colonel Mustard with the Kitchen Knife in the Dining Room (1) Team 2: Professor Plum with the Paperweight in the Dining Room (1) Team 1: Mrs Peacock with the Poison in the Dining Room (3)

    • The body is found by Colonel Mustard and Mr White.

    • For this season only, after the detectives' first bout of questioning, the studio audience would cast a vote on who they believed to be the murderer. 30% of the audience believed Miss Scarlett was the killer. 18% selected the real murderer (Mrs Peacock).

    • The main guest in this episode, Oliver Tobias, is a movie actor and had previously been the star of the 1970s television show Arthur of the Britons.

    • List Of Suggestions: Team 1: Mrs White with the Statuette in the Kitchen (1) Team 2: Reverend Green with the Curtain Tie-back in the Drawing Room (0) Team 2: Professor Plum with the Spanner in the Kitchen (0) Team 1: Colonel Mustard with the Knife in the Billiard Room (1) Team 2: Colonel Mustard with the Statuette in the Dining Room (3)

    • For this season only, after the detectives' first bout of questioning, the studio audience would cast a vote on who they believed to be the murderer. 35% of the audience believed Mrs White was the killer. 20% selected the real murderer (Colonel Mustard).

    • The body is found by Mrs White.

    • List Of Suggestions: Team 1: Mrs White with the Poison in the Drawing Room (0) Team 2: Miss Scarlett with the Steak Knife in the Dining Room (1) Team 2: Miss Scarlett with the Steak Knife in the Study (2) Team 1: Miss Scarlett with the Bridge Trophy in the Study (3)

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    Allusions (22)

    • The title of this episode alludes to the British war movie, A Bridge Too Far (1977), in which allied forces invading Europe in 1944 went too far into the occupied Netherlands, facing a massive German counter-attack.

    • The title of the episode is a play on the traditional words for ending an auction, going, going, gone!

    • Mr Chapman: Special Branch might be interested in this. Special Branch is an investigative unit within the British Police force which deals with matter of national security. First formed in 1883, the remit of the Special Branch is to acquire and develop intelligence to protect the public and state against threats to national security (such as terrorism and other extremist activity).

    • Professor Plum: He was a smug, self-satisfied jerk and he had a chip on his shoulder the size of Mount McKinley when it came to Americans. Mount McKinley is a mountain in the Denali National Park in Alaska and is the highest mountain peak in North America, at approximately 20,320 feet.

    • Colonel Mustard: Have you heard the one about Blunt, Burgess, Maclean and the Prime Minister of Poland? Anthony Blunt, Guy Burgess and Donald Maclean were three members of the 'Cambridge Four', a group of Cambridge University graduates who turned out to be Soviet spies who passed information to the Soviet Union during the Second World War and into the 1950s. Burgess and Maclean very publicly defected to the Soviet Union in 1951. The fourth man- not mentioned- is Kim Philby, and there are many others suspected of being a fifth member to the group.

    • The episode title is a play on the phrase 'a fate worse than death', a misfortune which would make life not worth living.

    • Several elements of this story- such as the swapping of identities between the chauffeur and his boss and the suspects receiving the weapons as presents- are also present in the 1985 Jonathan Lynn film Clue starring Tim Curry, Madeline Khan, Eileen Brennan, Martin Mull, Michael McKean, Christopher Lloyd and Lesley Ann Warren- which is also based on the board game Cluedo.

    • Mrs Peacock: What was the Roman equivalent of Christmas? Miss Scarlett: Saturnalia. Saturnalia was the feast which commemorated the dedication of the temple of Saturn which took place on December 17. Over the years- and despite several Emperors attempts to reduce the celebration time- the feast expanded from one day to a whole week (ending on December 23). It was a large and important public festival in Rome- which combined a series of public rites with private customs (which included the making and giving of small presents as well as eating, drinking and general tomfoolery). Gambling was allowed for all, slaves were exempt from punishment and there was often a reversal of social roles.

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  • Fan Reviews (4)
  • The ultimate 'Whodunnit' with an amazing cast and an incredibly wide appeal for audiences of all ages.

    By Lady_Lancaster, Nov 21, 2010

  • Whodunit? Mrs. Peacock with the dagger in the library? Reverend Green with the candlestick in the billiard room? Or Miss Scarlett with the lead piping in the study?

    By queerlybeloved, Sep 08, 2007

  • Was it Mrs Peacock with the dagger in the billiard room? Reverend Green with the candlestick in the library? Or Miss Scarlett with the lead piping in the study?

    By queerlybeloved, Sep 08, 2007

  • Was it Mrs Peacock with the dagger in the billiard room? Reverend Green with the candlestick in the library? Or Miss Scarlett with the lead piping in the study?

    By queerlybeloved, Sep 08, 2007