Lord Peter Wimsey – the Ian Carmichael years [TV (1972-75) and radio (1973-1983 & 2005)]

It must be nearly a quarter of a century ago that I read Dorothy L. Sayers's crime novels featuring Lord Peter Wimsey. That is I read all of those available at our public library, and so I am not sure if I read all the Wimsey novels or just "most of them". I also can't... Continue Reading →

Miss Nobody (2010)

Miss Nobody is an amusing, darkish comedy about a mousy little woman who fights back a little bit more than expected when exposed to the backstabbing world of her company’s executive floor. It’s a bit like The Secret of My Success, but with a couple of dead bodies thrown in for good measure.   In... Continue Reading →

Nobody Else But You (2011)

Nobody Else But You is the international title of the French detective film Poupoupidou. The film’s central character, David Rousseau, is an author of popular, slightly pulpy crime novels. Normally he is quite prolific, it seems, but lately he has been suffering from writer’s block. Hoping to inherit a considerable estate from a recently deceased... Continue Reading →

Wild Target (2010)

A recent reddit post reminded me that I could (and should) write some words about Wild Target.   This British remake of a 1993 French film has an outstanding cast. Bill Nighy plays a professional hitman, whose latest job spirals out of control. The female lead is Emily Blunt as a would-be con-artist. And the... Continue Reading →

Campion (1989-1990)

Campion is a BBC TV adaptation of Margery Allingham’s crime novels featuring the mysterious Albert Campion, a character first created in 1929. I only discovered this show a short while ago, never having even heard of the character before. I got the Complete Collection on DVD and watched it in one go. Albert Campion is... Continue Reading →

The Mrs Bradley Mysteries (1998/2000)

Many of you may have heard of Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries, the fairly new Australian drama series in which a young flapper of independent means solves crimes in 1920s Melbourne. I watched many of the episodes (probably about a third) and found the show very enjoyable, although I will admit that it will probably not... Continue Reading →

de Funès, Jo, and 2016

"2016" has by now become synonymous with celebrity deaths, including many actors and musicians. Far away from Hollywood, 2016 began with the passing of Michel Galabru, and ended with the death of Claude Gensac. Thus, this year was framed by the deaths of two of Louis de Funès’s most famous collaborators. Claude Gensac always proved... Continue Reading →

The All Together (2007)

This British comedy from 2007 is a tricky one. If you browse through the comments on the internet, you will see that this is a film people either hate or love – there is very little in between. Personally, I love this film, but I do recognise that it has its fair share of flaws.... Continue Reading →

The Snoop Sisters (1972-1974)

This is a recommendation that will probably appeal to only a small number of people. The Snoop Sisters (1972-1974) is a 5-part TV series that would be an ideal gift for that Murder She Wrote fan in your life.... 😉 Preceding Angela Lansbury's blockbuster franchise by more than a decade, The Snoop Sisters also stars... Continue Reading →

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