Lord Peter Wimsey

Season 3 Episode 1

Murder Must Advertise, Part 1

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Aired Wednesday 8:15 PM Nov 30, 1973 on BBC
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Murder Must Advertise, Part 1
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Victor Dean, an advertising executive, dies after falling downstairs at Pym's Advertising Agency, in London. Wimsey is called in to investigate, as just before his death Dean had started a letter to his employer about strange practices at Pym's. Assuming the name of Death Bredon, Wimsey takes a job in the business, and finds blackmail and a drug pusher. Wimsey and Charles Parker have to fathom London's cocaine trade (and how the staff at Pym's fit into it) before the mystery of Victor Dean's death is solved.moreless

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Fiona Walker

Fiona Walker

Miss Meteyard

Guest Star

Caroline Dowdeswell

Caroline Dowdeswell

Miss Parton

Guest Star

Shirley Cain

Shirley Cain

Miss Rossiter

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Mark Eden

Mark Eden

Chief Inspector Parker

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  • TRIVIA (1)

    • 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.

  • QUOTES (3)

    • Ingleby [ introducing his colleague to Lord Peter ]: Miss Meteyard from Somerville, one of the brightest ornaments in our department. Composes the vulgarest limericks ever heard within these chaste walls.
      Lord Peter: Then we shall be friends!

    • Lord Peter: I have found out that the truth in advertising is like leaven hid in three measures of meal. It produces a suitable quantity of gas, with which to blow out a mass of crude misrepresentations into a form that the public can swallow.

    • Lord Peter: The matter requires a certain amount of subterfuge. Policemen tend to look like policemen even when they're pretending not to be policemen. Something to do with feet, I'm told.

  • NOTES (1)

  • ALLUSIONS (2)

    • 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."

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