I'm done with the Lord Peter Wimsey
series, sadly, since it was absolutely top hole, first class, eh what?
I'm going to miss Ian Carmichael. I wish he had done every book Dorothy Sayers ever wrote. Five Red Herrings
is probably the least well done, since the show lost it's producer for that one, but it's really not noticeable. Still a fine show. The story is killing, taking place in an artist's community in Scotland, and still has top knotch acting and some very amusing characters. Bunter plays an important part in this one, and even gets to do a little flirting!Murder Must Advertise
is probably the most entertaining of the series, since Peter must go incognito as a silly ass in an advertising agency, finding all kinds of doings amongst the personnel, and drug trafficking amongst Britain's bright young things. This is the gem of the series. The Nine Tailors
is a wonderful
story with incredibly inventive writing by Sayers. This one covers a lot of time... it deals with stolen emeralds at a country estate at the beginning of WWI, where Lord Peter happens to be staying at the time. He's on leave from his company and ends up witnessing the theft, without being able to identify the perp. We get to see the beginnings of his and Bunter's relationship during the Great War, and how they came to be master and servant. It's charming. We even get a glimpse of the flu epidemic that decimated so many after the war (so there, Downton Abbey
!). The majority of the plot though, takes place 20 years later, on New Year's Eve. Wimsey and Bunter become stranded in the same town that the theft occurred in, just in time for Lord Peter to replace one of the bellringers at the church who is sick. They are ringing the New Year (1938) in, with a Kent treble bob major (in other words, nine hours of ringing those blasted bells in varying changes). The entire story revolves around what happened to the jewels, and those huge bells in the church tower, including a VERY inventive code. Highly recommended.
Now I have started on Elizabeth R
, starring Glenda Jackson. Everything you've heard about it is true, and more. Jackson is BRILLIANT, but the show is brilliant as well, she is not the whole thing. It's as good if not better than any other series the BBC ever produced. Each episode is densely packed with thoughtful insights, fascinating character studies, and absolutely incredible writing. It never once makes you stop and think, "Would someone from the 1500's really say or do that?" The makeup and hair and sets are perfect. But the real wonder is how they made a show about Elizabeth the Virgin Queen seem to relate to how we deal with life and love nowadays.
It's absolutely stunning.