Malice Aforethought

Season 1 Episode 2

Part 2

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Aired Thursday 8:30 PM Mar 22, 1979 on BBC Two
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Dr. Bickleigh is engaged in a passionate affair with Madeleine Cranmere. He asks his wife Julia for a divorce but she refuses, moving him to take more drastic measures.

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  • The doctor sets about, not simply killing his wife, but destroying her.

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    You thought this would be a jolly, old-fashioned tea-and-crumpets kind of murder story? No. The method Dr. Bickleigh chooses to dispose of his horrid and inconvenient wife is very nasty indeed, so nasty that any sneaking sympathy that sentimental types might have for him on account of his underdog status vanishes. Quite simply, the doctor elects, with considerable patience, to turn the prim and proper Mrs. Bickleigh into a drug addict without her realising it. As her dependency grows worse, she takes to raiding his medicine cabinet, as he knew she would... We weren't expecting this - black comedy turns to horror. The balance between comedy and horror is especially difficult to maintain.moreless

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