Lord Peter Wimsey

Season 4 Episode 1

The Nine Tailors, Part 1

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Aired Wednesday 8:15 PM Apr 22, 1974 on BBC
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The Nine Tailors, Part 1
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A young Wimsey is staying with friends in the Fen country of Eastern England when jewel-thieves strike. He helps to catch the villains, but their loot is never found. Twenty years on, on New Year's Eve, Wimsey and Bunter find themselves in the same village.

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  • Strange filler

    8.0
    This first episode of a four-part serial is unusual for several reasons, mostly because it was created to fill out the serial. At the end of fifty minutes we wind up where the original novel begins. The screenwriter doesn't always succeed in filling the allotted time usefully; there are some slow moments.



    What makes it intriguing is the fact that the story is set before the Great War. We're supposed to see a younger Wimsey being prepared for battle. Putting a moustache on Ian Carmichael and dyeing his hair does not make him very believable as a younger version of himself. It's ironic that Carmichael spent a few years setting up a Wimsey television series and worried that he was already too old to play the character. For this episode he had to stretch believability even more.



    As he was going back in time anyway, the screenwriter saw the possibility of exploring the meeting of Wimsey and Bunter in the trenches and the origin of Wimsey's war trauma. Unfortunately, the low budget makes the war scenes look very unimpressive. (And de-aging Bunter apparently just meant changing his hairstyle.)



    There are some gems in the episode. Take the car chase. Well, sort of a chase. We never really see the two antique cars race. Jumping into his car to follow the thief took longer than the modern viewer might expect. Wimsey first had to pump gas into the engine and crank it into activity. And then a flat tyre ruins it all.moreless
Elizabeth Bradley

Elizabeth Bradley

Mrs Venables

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Gail Harrison

Gail Harrison

Hilary Thorpe

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Robin Wentworth

Robin Wentworth

Inspector Frost

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  • QUOTES (1)

    • Sir Hector: What was that extraordinary machine I saw you driving? It looked just like an anaemic banana.
      Lord Peter: Nothing anaemic about it, I assure you. It's a four-cylinder, overhead camshaft, sixteen-valve Mercedes. Only five of them made.
      Sir Hector: Well, it's a Hun, isn't it?
      Lord Peter: I'm afraid so, but it goes like gee whiz!

  • NOTES (2)

    • This episode consists of events only alluded to in the original novel. Screenwriter Anthony Steven created the story because the novel didn't offer enough material for a four-part serial.

    • Dorothy L. Sayers revealed that the Reverend Theodore Venables in The Nine Tailors was based on her own father, who was a Church of England clergyman at Bluntisham, Cambridgeshire.

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