Season 4 Episode 6

Publish and Be Damned

Aired Unknown May 24, 1993 on ITV
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Publish and Be Damned
Journalist Roger Morgan arrives at the Grange to write a book about a former royal resident, and several people still around feel threatened and are determined to stop him. So Morgan's death comes as no great surprise. But who killed him, and was it with a dagger, a cheese-wire, a snooker triangle, a broken glass, a kitchen knife or a microphone?


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    Jerry Hall

    Jerry Hall

    Miss Vivienne Scarlet #5

    Joanna Lumley

    Joanna Lumley

    Mrs Elizabeth Peacock #5

    John Bird

    John Bird

    Professor Peter Plum #5

    Leslie Grantham

    Leslie Grantham

    Colonel Michael Mustard #5

    Liz Smith

    Liz Smith

    Mrs Blanche White #5

    Nicholas Parsons

    Nicholas Parsons

    Reverend Jonathan Green #5

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (3)

      • List of Suggestions:

        Team 1 - Reverend Green with the Broken Glass in the Dining Room (0)
        Team 2 - Colonel Mustard with the Cheese Wire in the Study (1)

        Team 2 - Miss Scarlett with the Knife in the Library (0)
        Team 1 - Professor Plum with the Snooker Triangle in the Kitchen (0)

        Team 2 and Team 1 - Mrs Peacock with the Microphone in the Study (3)

      • The body is found by Mrs Peacock.

      • Daniel Peacock, who plays this episode's murder victim Roger Morgan, is the son of the veteran movie star Trevor Peacock.

    • QUOTES (7)

      • Mrs Peacock: (her confession) Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, all right, I did it. Pounded the little ferret's head to mush with a microphone. Sorry, terribly, terribly sorry, but there it is. Someone had to do it. Vermin, you know. Rodent family, like grey squirrels. Daddy would have squished him like a flea or set the hounds on him. The weasel was going to write a book. Tales of royals and peasants rutting, 'Princess Catherine in salacious sex romps with gamekeeper', that sort of stuff. We can't have that, can we? It's all absolutely true of course... and all my fault. And it wouldn't have stopped there. It probably would have spawned some hideous mini-series for satellite television. I did you all a favour!

      • Professor Plum: These are all very dear friends of mine, of course, and I'm very fond of them, but you must understand that their average intellect resembles that of a lobotomized termite.

      • John Stapleton: What were these startling revelations you had for our dear departed friend?
        Miss Scarlett: Well, I told how Princess Catherine liked wild penniless men, fast cars and gambling and how she liked to go to sleazy strip joints and how evenings with her ended where I was holding her head while she was being sick from drinking too much bourbon. And it was all lies.
        Nichola McAuliffe: She's no better than she should be.

      • Reverend Green: Mrs Peacock, what on earth's the matter?
        Mrs Peacock: A miracle, Reverend, a miracle. Morgan is dead.
        Reverend Green: God does indeed move in mysterious ways his wonders to perform.

      • Mrs White: I know it's not my place, Mrs Peacock, but I don't think no good will come of you telling that man all them secrets about your society friends.
        Mrs Peacock: No.
        Mrs White: If the royal family were to find out what you'd said about Princess Catherine, I wouldn't be surprised if they didn't want you no more at their garden parties or horse trials or royal premieres...
        Mrs Peacock: No, I see what you mean. But it's too late, isn't it?
        Mrs White: It's never too late.

      • Mrs White: The day of the royal wedding was the happiest day of my life. Even now when I watch it on the video, I have to have a hanky.
        Reverend Jonathan Green: This goes far deeper than mere matrimony, Mrs White. I mean, the vows of marriage have been breached many times but this... obscenity of a book threatens to destroy the very constitutional fabric of the Church of England.
        Mrs White: It may be that the Princess is not quite...
        Reverend Jonathan Green: Mrs White, Mrs White. It matters not what the Princess is. It is the protection of our future king that is important. I mean, rock the king and you rock the supreme head of the Church itself! This man must be stopped!

      • Mrs White: It's not right, that man being here. Asking all those personal questions about Princess Catherine. Royalty should be left in peace. And his book, it'll be full of lies. Smutty, hurtful lies. And him a vegetarian! It's not natural!

    • NOTES (3)

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • Reverend Green: God does indeed move in mysterious ways his wonders to perform.

        'God moves in mysterious ways/His wonders to perform' are the opening lines of a poem entitled 'Light Shining Out Of Darkness' by William Cowper (1731-1800) which is included in the 1779 collection Olney Hymns. It is a phrase that has passed into common usage.