Season 4 Episode 5

Where There's a Will

Aired Unknown May 17, 1993 on ITV
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Episode Summary

Where There's a Will
After Mrs White inherits a small fortune, all the Grange's inhabitants start treating her rather more respectfully. Then city slicker Terence Radcliffe talks her into putting all her money into a dud deal. Did she kill him?

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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 - Mrs White with the Shotgun in the Library (1)
      Team 2 - Reverend Green with the Decanter Stopper in the Library (1)

      Team 1 - Mrs White with the Shotgun in the Study (2)
      Team 2 - Reverend Green with the Shotgun in the Study (1)
      Team 1 - Mrs White with the Knife in the Study (2)

      Team 2 - Mrs White with the Decanter Stopper in the Study (3)

    • The body is found by Reverend Green.

    • The guest star of this episode, Matthew Marsh, is probably best known now as Viktor Zinchenko in Monarch of the Glen.

  • QUOTES (7)

    • Mrs White: (her confession) When the Colonel told me the truth about Terry Radcliffe, I didn't know what to do. I was in such a state. All I could think of was more washing, cooking and cleaning for the likes of Mrs Peacock and Miss Scarlett. Year in, year out, washing, cooking, cleaning. I told Mr Radcliffe I'd changed my mind but he wasn't having any of it. He practically threw me out. Inside, he was laughing at me, I could tell. So I went into the library and I poured myself a drink. Now I'm not much of a drinker, as you know. Perhaps it made me come over all strange because the next thing I knew I was putting the stopper down the front of my apron. When I saw Miss Scarlett come out of the study, I went in and did what I did. Where there's a will, there's a way. I'm sorry, but it had to be this way.

    • Mrs White: Mr Radcliffe. Terence. I've changed my mind.
      Terry Radcliffe: No going back now, love. Wheels are already turning.
      Mrs White: I shouldn't have signed, I need more time to think. They're all shouting blue murder out there.
      Terry Radcliffe: That's because they want a slice of your action. Stay cool. Hang in there. Trust me, and anyway it's too late.

    • Matthew Collins: Mrs White. Can you tell us why you signed all your money over to the victim Mr Radcliffe and maybe not a part of it?
      Mrs White: Well, he convinced me I was going to make so much more of it, and it was just too tempting. Oh, I could be a millionairess!
      Richard Madeley: So you were prepared to let your good friend Professor Plum go down the tubes.
      Mrs White: Sorry, Professor. I felt a little guilty about that.

    • Mrs Peacock: A few years ago, the Reverend got himself into a spot of bother, misappropriation of church funds in some dodgy venture. The man who cooked it up was called Ellis. He promptly disappeared with the money and the Reverend was banished to the sticks.
      Colonel Mustard: So?
      Mrs Peacock: So it appears that this financial gigolo and Roger Ellis are one and the same!

    • Reverend Green: (on telephone) Yes, I know it's been a few years but I am sure it's the same chap. Yes, I know he says his name is Radcliffe, but I'm sure it's that swine Ellis. Yes! Roger H Ellis!

    • Mrs Peacock: Who is this Radcliffe fellow, Mike? Do something. I need that money. If I don't pay back the bank, they'll foreclose on us and we'll lose everything. Our marriage, our future. I'm sure you can take care of the situation, Mike.

    • Reverend Green: Haven't we met?
      Terry Radcliffe: Can't say. Terrible on faces (putting his arm around Miss Scarlett's waist) just good on figures.

  • NOTES (4)


    • The title of the episode is a play on the old phrase 'where there's a will, there's a way' (which is quoted by Mrs White in her confession) meaning if you want to achieve something strongly enough, you'll find a way to do it.