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Season 3 Episode 6

Deadly Dowry

Aired Unknown Jun 08, 1992 on ITV
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Deadly Dowry
Miss Scarlett brings a young man, Clive Moxton, to Arlington Grange to meet everyone. Over dinner, Clive announces that he and Miss Scarlett are going to get married. It is soon revealed that Miss Scarlett owes Clive a lot of money and he is planning to marry her to get hold of her trust fund. However, the fund's trustees- Professor Plum and Mrs Peacock- have raided the fund and are fearful of discovery as the fund reverts to Miss Scarlett on the event of her marriage. Clive has also threatened to expose the Reverend Green as a card sharp. Add to that Mrs White's protective nature and Colonel Mustard's jealousy and it's little surprise that Clive Moxton doesn't live through the night. But who dealt the fatal blow?moreless

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  • Sir Hugo's nephew Clive shows up at Arlington Grange - what a silly fool!

    Ah yes, I was a young'un at the time of broadcast, so I don't actually recall what happened...but I think this episode concludes a two-parter and was broadcast at 10.30pm on account of nudism being the theme. Clive Moxton was to open a Nudist Camp as a mark of respect for his dearly departed uncle Sir Hugo, but those at the Grange aren't impressed and fear the wind of change, literally! So they refuse. Clive, having been told their secrets by Sir Hugo, blackmails them into appearing nude. Whilst the Colonel and Miss Scarlett are getting drunk in the Kitchen, the Reverend having phone-sex in the Study and the Professor watching Dr Strangelove in the Drawing Room, Mrs Peacock bashes Clive to death with her Breasts in the Library. And so concludes the series, which was axed and then the format was sold to Japan, Canada and Belgium for 37 pence each.

    ***Note: Mrs White doesn't appear as the actress (Fam Perriswheel) was sacked on account of showing up late and drunk and then crashing her car into a studio wall upon being ordered to leave***moreless
Richard Madeley

Richard Madeley

Presenter (1992-93)

Christopher Biggins

Christopher Biggins

Reverend Jonathan Green #4

Lewis Collins

Lewis Collins

Colonel Michael Mustard #4

Lysette Anthony

Lysette Anthony

Miss Vivienne Scarlet #4

Pam Ferris

Pam Ferris

Mrs Blanche White #4

Susan George

Susan George

Mrs Elizabeth Peacock #4

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • List Of Suggestions:

      Team 1: Mrs White with the Meat Pounder in the Billiard Room (1)
      Team 2: Colonel Mustard with the Gun in the Drawing Room (0)

      Team 1: Miss Scarlett with the Meat Pounder in the Billiard Room (2)
      Team 2: Professor Plum with the Billiard Cue in the Billiard Room (1)

      Team 1: Miss Scarlett with the Sword in the Billiard Room (3)

    • The body is found by Colonel Mustard.

    • Guest star Simon Shepherd is best known as Dr. Will Preston in Peak Practice. He also appeared in Chancer and Henry V.

  • QUOTES (10)

    • Miss Scarlett: (her confession) I'd had a run of spectacularly bad luck at the tables. I owed Clive more money than I could ever hoped to repay without raiding the funds my father had left for me. Only that meant that I had to get married. When I told him, he seemed rather amused. 'So let's get married' he said. 'A marriage of convenience, no strings attached.' Only there were, the louse. I mean, it was bad enough that I owed him money but he was simply the most repulsive human being I have ever met. And when I realised quite what he wanted from me... well, that was that. It was when I heard Clive agree to play snooker with Mike that it just suddenly seemed so simple. Get Mike out of the way, pretend to have a headache, go to bed... then creep down the backstairs where no one could see me. I'd already hidden the sword-stick amongst the snooker cues. Clive thought that I'd come to watch and whilst he lined up a trick-shot to impress me with his brilliance, I just... I don't regret it. As far as I'm concerned, I've done the world a favour.

    • Mrs Peacock: He just threw the cheque straight back at me.
      Professor Plum: Damn and blast. What do we do now? (Mrs Peacock takes the gun from the drawer) Oh now, surely...
      Mrs Peacock: I'm sure you don't want to go to prison for embezzlement, Peter.
      Professor Plum: No.
      Mrs Peacock: Neither do I.

    • Eve Pollard: (during cross-examination) Were you lusting purely for Miss Scarlett or did the trust fund fuel that passion?
      Colonel Mustard: That's an absolutely outrageous statement! I'm here to tell you that I get a very handsome pension from my long, good service in the Army and I have no designs on Vivienne's money whatsoever. I simply love her.

    • Mrs White: I know it's none of my business but I'm not at all happy about Miss Vivienne and...
      Reverend Green: Neither am I, dear lady. I fear she's making a terrible mistake.
      Professor Plum: As it happens, I feel exactly the same. So, as friends of the family, shouldn't we do what we can to stop this wedding?

    • Clive Moxton:(after Mrs Peacock has handed him a cheque) I don't understand.
      Mrs Peacock: I'd have thought it was plain enough. I've met gold-diggers like you before. I hope you find this is enough to compensate you for leaving us so suddenly. By that, I mean tonight.
      Clive Moxton:Nice try, dear lady. This doesn't even come close.
      Mrs Peacock: Don't make an enemy of me, Mr Moxton. It wouldn't be good for your health.

    • Miss Scarlett: You'll get your money. But that's all you're going to get, so don't think there's anything else on offer.
      Clive Moxton:My dear, once I'm your husband, your trust funds will be all I'm interested in. But until then, if you really don't want the others to find out quite how much you owe me, I think you ought to play at being my beloved with just a little more enthusiasm.
      Miss Scarlett: You really are the most repulsive person I've ever met, Clive.
      Clive Moxton:Well, that makes it all the more delicious.

    • Clive Moxton:(writing a cheque) Unusual to find a man of the cloth so adept at playing poker.
      Reverend Green: Beginners' luck, I do assure you. (taking the cheque) There seems to be a slight mistake. This cheque is only made out for twenty pence.
      Clive Moxton:Yes, well, I think you deserve something. If only for your bare-faced cheek.
      Reverend Green: I beg your pardon?
      Clive Moxton:Oh, come, come. I know how you did it. You're not bad for an amateur, but I do wonder how the others would react if I told them that their dear Reverend was a card sharp.

    • Miss Scarlett: It doesn't need to make any difference.
      Colonel Mustard: As far as I'm concerned, it makes a hell of a lot of difference.
      Miss Scarlett: I have to do this, Mike. I don't have a choice. So just trust me, hm?
      Colonel Mustard: You mean, you don't love him?
      Miss Scarlett: Mike... what do you think?
      Colonel Mustard: I think I'd better have a word with this fiancee of yours.

    • Professor Plum: Her father's Will stipulated that the trust fund should all revert to her on the event of her marriage.
      Mrs Peacock: I know what her father's Will stipulated.
      Professor Plum: God, I wish I'd never let you talk me into this! We were the trustees, for heaven's sake.
      Mrs Peacock: I seem to remember you needed the money as much as I.
      Professor Plum: Well, I thought we were going to pay it all back. Eventually.
      Mrs Peacock: But now there isn't time. Unless...
      Professor Plum: Unless, unless somehow we can stop this marriage from taking place.

    • Reverend Green: Marriage is a blessed state. In the eyes of the church, all marriages are made in heaven.
      Colonel Mustard: So how come most of them seem to end up in hell?

  • NOTES (4)