Malice Aforethought

Season 1 Episode 3

Part 3

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Aired Thursday 8:30 PM Mar 29, 1979 on BBC Two
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Dr. Bickleigh's plans go awry when Madeleine marries Denny Bourne. Meanwhile, villagers start to gossip about the suddent death of Julia Bickleigh.

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  • Spurned by the glamorous but false Madeleine, the lovelorn doctor begins to apprehend that his murder of his wife has gained him nothing.

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    It would take the genius of Hitchcock (who wanted to film Francis Iles's novel, but never did) to keep the perfect balance between black comedy and horror required by this ingenious story; Cyril Coke, the veteran TV director responsible for this enjoyable version, didn't quite manage it all the way through, but he nonetheless captured exactly the depiction of those hypocritical social niceties so vital to the resolution of the plot. Between-the-wars England, with its self-satisfied upper-middle-class snobs presenting false fronts to the world to disguise their selfishness, is observed coolly, and with considerable wit; none of these people is worthy of our sympathy, yet perhaps their very stupidity as they blunder inexorably towards the grave may excite a kind of desperate pity.moreless

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