Season 1 Episode 5

Politician's Funeral

Aired Unknown Aug 22, 1990 on ITV
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Politician's Funeral
The local Member of Parliament has died, and Mrs Peacock hosts a wake at Arlington Grange. Michael Mustard and Peter Plum's employer, Chapman, are among those bidding to be selected for the vacant parliamentary seat. Chapman quickly begins to indulge himself in a little blackmail in pursuit of victory, and his demise is surely no great mystery...moreless

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Stephanie Beacham

Stephanie Beacham

Mrs Elizabeth Peacock #1

Kristoffer Tabori

Kristoffer Tabori

Professor Peter Plum #1

June Whitfield

June Whitfield

Mrs Blanche White #1

Robin Ellis

Robin Ellis

Colonel Michael Mustard #1

Tracy-Louise Ward

Tracy-Louise Ward

Miss Vivienne Scarlet #1

Robin Nedwell

Robin Nedwell

Reverend Jonathan Green #1

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (3)

    • List Of Suggestions:

      Team 1: Mrs White with the Statuette in the Drawing Room (0)
      Team 2: Professor Plum with the Knife in the Kitchen (1)

      Team 2: Professor Plum with the Black Tie in the Study (2)
      Team 1: Professor Plum with the Crooklock in the Library (1)

      Team 2: Professor Plum with the Black Tie in the Billiard 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. 47% of the audience selected the real murderer (Professor Plum).

    • The body is found by Mr White.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Professor Plum: (his confession) OK, already, I did it. He deserved it. 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; he hated us. But I could never believe that he'd try to destroy me. I didn't want to go back to teaching. Do you have any idea how much those bozos make? I've got too many financial commitments. First, I felt trapped. There was nothing I could do. Then, after a few drinks, bingo, eureka! A solution came to me. I'd murder him. Oh, it was a pleasant fantasy at first. Then I saw him go into the billiard room with Vivienne. That was the last straw. My little fantasy became deadly serious. When Reverend Green came up to me, I was furious. But then I realised it was the best thing that could have happened to me. It made me think twice, you see. Oh, not about killing Chapman but about not getting caught. I let the vicar think he'd calmed me down. I went outside, I watched them through the window, then I saw Vivienne make a move to go. Now I was ready. Chapman was playing snooker when I went in. Thought he didn't have a care in the world. When I finished with him, he didn't. And you know what? He didn't look smug at all.

    • Reverend Green: Moles are being massacred all over the country!
      Minister: Well... I would tend to...
      Colonel Mustard: I think you should leave it, Jonathan. No government's been well disposed to moles since Anthony Blunt.

    • Mrs Peacock: What if I tell you that I'm supporting Colonel Mustard?
      Mr Chapman: I would advise you very strongly to reconsider.
      Mrs Peacock: Go away, Mr Chapman. I am not interested.
      Mr Chapman: No, but Special Branch might be interested in this. (hands Mrs Peacock a piece of paper) Your Colonel Mustard seems to be sending security advisers to some very interesting countries, wouldn't you say?
      Mrs Peacock: Everything Mike does is legal.
      Mr Chapman: I'm sure it is, but it wouldn't help his campaign or his business if rumours started going about that Special Branch had been sent a detailed dossier of his activities.
      Mrs Peacock: Ridiculous, if you think you can frighten Mike with this nonsense.
      Mr Chapman: Then when rumours start circulating about how his principal backer got her money. What then? Weren't your husbands' accidents rather too convenient?
      Mrs Peacock: Get out!
      Mr Chapman: You never know, even the Police might start taking notice after a while. Think about it, Mrs Peacock. Ask yourself, is it worth it?

    • Mrs White: (to Mr White, about the deceased MP) Twenty-five years he was in the House of Commons and never once got up on his feet, so there's not much difference now he's dead, is there?

    • Professor Plum: What does that mean, 'surplus to requirement'?
      Mr Chapman: I would have thought it was fairly obvious, even to a Harvard graduate. We don't need you any more. The company can do without a reputation for insider trading.
      Professor Plum: Well, nobody's ever proved that.
      Mr Chapman: Your secondment is not going to be renewed.
      Professor Plum: Where does that leave me?
      Mr Chapman: Back in America. Lecturing.
      Professor Plum: Mr Chapman, that's not fair.
      Mr Chapman: Think how satisfying it'll be to be back in academia. You'll hardly notice the drop in salary, you'll be so happy.

    • Mrs White: (when accused of committing the murder with the statuette) I wouldn't dream of ruining that statuette!

    • Eileen Kettle: Miss Scarlett, what happened in the billiard room with Mr Chapman?
      James Bellini: Keep it brief, Miss Scarlett!
      Miss Scarlett: Well, actually, he took me there to blackmail me. He tried to persuade me to make Mike step down from politics otherwise he would tell my stepmother about...
      Mrs Peacock: About what?
      Miss Scarlett: About Mike and my love affair.

  • NOTES (5)


    • 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.