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The Scold's Bridle


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The first of a two-part adaptation by Tony Bicât of Minette Walters's crime novel, starring Miranda Richardson, Bob Peck, Douglas Hodge, Sian Phillips, Virginia McKenna.
An elderly woman is found dead in her bath with slashed wrists and a grotesque medieval scold's bridle around her head.
What happened at Cedar House in the hours before her death?
The programme contains adult scenes which some viewers may find disturbing.
Part two can be seen tomorrow.

This dark, multi-layered murder story adapted from Minette Walters's novel has a suitably rich cast including Miranda Richardson, Sian Phillips, Virginia McKenna and Bob Peck. Through the story of abuse and revenge Walters unravels a sordid web of greed, dysfunctional families and nosey neighbours in deepest Dorset.
Dr Sarah Blakeney (Richardson) had been treating Mathilda Gillespie (Phillips), a rich, elderly woman with a vicious but accurate tongue. When she is found in the bath with her wrists cut and a scold's bridle encasing her head, both Sarah and the shrewd copper, beautifully played by Peck, do not believe it is suicide. A tale that manages to feature nearly every crime in the book makes for grim but compulsive viewing.


Novelist: Minette Walters
Adapter: Tony Bicât
Producer: Chris Parr
Director: David Thacker
Dr Sarah Blakeney: Miranda Richardson
Detective Sergeant Cooper: Bob Peck
Jack Blakeney: Douglas Hodge
Mathilda Gillespie: Sian Phillips
Violet Orloff: Virginia McKenna
Duncan Orloff: Paul Brooke
Joanna Lascelles: Trudie Styler
Ruth Lascelles: Beth Winslet
Jane Merryman: Rosemary Martin
Paul Merryman: Tenniel Evans
Detective Inspector Harmer: Miles Anderson
James Gillespie: Alan MacNaughtan
Dave Hughes: Finbar Lynch
Jenny Spede: Christine Moore

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