Lord Peter Wimsey

BBC (ended 1975)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 5 : Ep 4

    The Five Red Herrings, Part 4

    Aired 8/13/75

  • S 5 : Ep 3

    The Five Red Herrings, Part 3

    Aired 8/6/75

  • S 5 : Ep 2

    The Five Red Herrings, Part 2

    Aired 7/30/75

  • S 5 : Ep 1

    The Five Red Herrings, Part 1

    Aired 7/23/75

  • S 4 : Ep 4

    The Nine Tailors, Part 4

    Aired 5/13/74

  • Cast & Crew
  • Glyn Houston


  • Ian Carmichael

    Lord Peter Wimsey

  • Mark Eden

    Detective Inspector/Chief Inspector Charles Parker

  • Peter Bowles

    Major Milligan

  • Terence Alexander

    Robert Fentiman

  • show Description
  • Welcome to the Lord Peter Wimsey guide at TV.com. Lord Peter Wimsey, younger brother of the Duke of Denver, is a scholar with time on his hands and a penchant for solving murder mysteries, aided by Bunter, his manservant and partner in crime-detection. This popular series adapted five of the Lord Peter Wimsey novels by Dorothy L. Sayers, these ones first published between 1926 and 1934. Ian Carmichael reprised the role of Wimsey in a series of BBC Radio productions, but these fall outside the scope of this guide. A further series of adaptations of the Lord Peter Wimsey novels was produced by the BBC in 1987 and broadcast as A Dorothy L. Sayers Mystery.moreless

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (35)

    • Freddy Arbuthnot: Are we expecting Peter? Lady Wimsey: One doesn't expect Peter, Freddy. Either he's all over you when least wanted, or nowhere to be found when he is.

    • Lord Peter: I suppose they do hang peers? They can't behead them on Tower Hill or anything. Inspector Parker: Well, they certainly hanged Earl Ferrers in 1760. Lord Peter: Did they though? As the old pagan said of the gospels, "After all, it was a long time ago. Let's hope it wasn't true."

    • Bunter: My old mother always used to say that facts are like cows. If you stare them in the face hard enough, they generally run away.

    • Parker: If it wasn't a woman, was he being blackmailed? Corbeau: Oh, le chantage. There is the difference between us, Monsieur Parker. We have a mystery on our hands. The French banker explains it in terms of love, and the English policeman in terms of blackmail.

    • Bunter: Did your Ladyship dine on the way up? No? Most unwise, my lady, to undertake such a long journey on a vacant interior.

    • Cynthia: After all, what's money? Lord Peter: Oh, nothing, of course. But if you've been brought up used to having it, it's a bit awkward to drop it suddenly. Like bathing, you know.

    • Sir Impey Biggs: I don't care tuppence for the truth. I want a case. It doesn't matter to me who killed Cathcart, provided that I can prove that it wasn't Denver. It's really enough if I can find reasonable doubt it was Denver.

    • Jake [ after saving Lord Peter from a bog ]: There's not many as falls into Peter's Pot and lives to tell the tale. Lord Peter: Peter's Pot? Nearly potted Peter!

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    Notes (4)

    • Music: Rachel Arbuthnot plays Noel Coward's song 'A Room With a View' on the piano. Though the show doesn't mention a date, the song was composed a year after the original novel was published.

    • Dorothy L. Sayers herself worked in an advertising agency during the 1920s.

    • This episode consists of events only alluded to in the original novel. Screenwriter Anthony Steven created the story because the novel didn't offer enough material for a four-part serial.

    • Dorothy L. Sayers revealed that the Reverend Theodore Venables in The Nine Tailors was based on her own father, who was a Church of England clergyman at Bluntisham, Cambridgeshire.

    Trivia (2)

    • Several characters mention the year in this episode. Apparently the story takes place in 1922, which is strange as the novel was published in 1928 and Dorothy L. Sayers had the habit of letting her main characters age naturally with each novel. (Even more peculiarly, Clouds of Witness, the previous serial, was set in 1928, though the novel was published in 1926.) In the television time line these events take place before those of Clouds of Witness, in the novels it was the other way around.

    • Goof: As Victor Dean writes his letter, a voice-over reads it out loud. Though he talks about 'serious consequences' you can clearly read the words the actor is writing: 'serois conseques'. Apparently he didn't think the camera would legibly pick up the text.

    Allusions (4)

    • Lord Peter: This business of saving my life, Bunter, has become a bit of a habit, what? It's the third time since Passchendaele. According to the books Lord Peter Wimsey met his butler while serving in World War One. Bunter apparently saved Lord Peter's life during the 1917 Battle of Passchendaele (also known as the Third Battle of Ypres), when both the British and the German armies got stuck in dangerous marshland. There's some irony that Lord Peter refers to this battle hours after having been saved from a Yorkshire bog.

    • Ingleby [ describing Lord Peter ]: Tow-coloured hair. Supercilious-looking blighter. A cross between Ralph Lynn and Bertie Wooster. British stage actor Ralph Lynn (1882-1962) specialised in playing the monocled fool. Bertie Wooster was the comic creation of P.G. Wodehouse. Ian Carmichael has admitted that he based his portrayal of Lord Peter in disguise on Bertie Wooster, a character he knew very well as he played it on television in the sixties.

    • Lord Peter's first attempt at writing an advertising slogan, "It's a far, far butter thing than you have ever tasted", is an obvious pun on the final lines uttered by Sidney Carlton in "A Tale of Two Cities" by Charles Dickens: "It is a far, far better thing that I do, than I have ever done; it is a far, far better rest that I go to, than I have ever known."

    • When Betty mentions that she went to see a film in which Ramon Novarro meets a spy, she's talking about Mata Hari (1931) starring Greta Garbo.

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • The adventures of an old-fashioned gentleman sleuth in that troublesome period between the wars.

    By orswel, Aug 12, 2009

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