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Cadfael
(aka Brother Cadfael)

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aired from: May 1994 to: Dec 1998 13 eps ITV 90 min stereo closed captioned

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    1st Series 1994

  1. "One Corpse Too Many"
    gs: Maggie O'Neill [ Aline Siward ], Christian Burgess [ Adam Courcelle ], Michael Cadman [ Fitzalan ], Michael Grandage [ King Stephen ], Nigel Hastings [ Giles Siward ], David Garfield [ Sergeant Rhys ], Juliette Caton [ Godith / Godric ], Richard Henders [ Torold Blunt ], Geoffrey Leesley [ Sheriff Gilbert Prestcote ], Albie Woodington [ Sergeant Will Warden ], Gregory Body [ Kitchen Boy ], Bill Neville [ Nicholas Faintree ], Robert Oates [ Edric Flescher ], Marlene Sidaway [ Mrs Flescher ], Zoltán Papp [ Captain Ten Heyt ], Sándor Téri [ Adeney ], Jeremy Young [ Arnulf of Hesdin ], Ray Llewellyn [ Madog ]

    Cadfael has settled down to a quiet religious life at Shrewsbury Abbey after an adventurous, and far from monastic, youth, fighting as a crusader in the Holy Land. King Stephen successfully besieges the nearby castle, and orders 94 of the occupants put to death, but Cadfael discovers there are 95 corpses to prepare for burial. He realises that he has uncovered a murder, and gains King Stephen's permission to try to solve the crime. The trail follows a cache of hidden treasure, the fleeing daughter of the castle's owner, Godith, and an up-and-coming local young man, Hugh Beringar.

    b: 29 May 94 w: Russell Lewis d: Graham Theakston
  2. "The Sanctuary Sparrow"
    gs: Roy Barraclough [ Walter Aurifaber ], Richard Bonneville [ Daniel Aurifaber ], Steven Mackintosh [ Liliwin ], Sara Stephens [ Rannilt ], Roger Booth [ Baldwin Peche ], Maria Miles [ Margery Aurifaber ], Patrick Brennan [ John Boneth ], Rosalie Crutchley [ Juliana Aurifaber ], Fiona Gillies [ Susanna Aurifaber ], Albie Woodington [ Sergeant Will Warden ], Toby Jones [ Griffin ], Steven Beard [ Brother Anselm ], Michael Nightingale [ Ailwin Corde ], Natascha McElhone [ Cecily Corde ], Ray Llewellyn [ Madog ], Péter Györi [ Daniel's friend ], David Tysall [ Iestyn ]

    When Shrewsbury's goldsmith, Walter Aurifaber, is robbed and left for dead, the locals launch a witch-hunt. Pursued by the mob, the prime suspect, a young juggler, Liliwin, who performed at the wedding of the goldsmith's son Daniel, seeks sanctuary at the Abbey. But as Cadfael investigates, he finds floating in the River Severn the dead body of Baldwin Peche. The hunt for the Aurifaber's robber and Peche's murderer leads in an unexpected direction, given hints by the dying words of the grandmother of the goldsmith's house, Juliana Aurifaber.

    b: 5 Jun 94 w: Russell Lewis d: Graham Theakston
  3. "The Leper of St Giles"
    gs: Tara Fitzgerald [ Iveta de Massard ], Jonathan Hyde [ Godfrid Piccard ], Susan Fleetwood [ Agnes Piccard ], Jonathan Firth [ Joscelin Lucy ], Jamie Glover [ Simon Aguilon ], Adrian Ross Magenty [ Guy FitzJohn ], John Bennett [ Lazarus the Leper ], Sarah Badel [ Avice of Thornbury ], Paul Broughton [ Baron's steward ], Norman Eshley [ Baron Huon de Domville ], Stanley Kowalski [ Brother Mark ], Albie Woodington [ Sergeant Will Warden ], Gábor Urmai [ Jehan ], Danny Dyer [ Bran ], Márta Bakó [ Madlen ]

    A great wedding is to take place at the Abbey, between a beautiful young heiress, Iveta de Massard, the grand-daughter of famed crusader Guimar de Massard, with whom Cadfael had fought at Jerusalem, and the powerful, much older Baron Huon de Domville. But it is no love match, as she is being coerced by her guardians, Godfrid & Agnes Picard. The baron disappears on the night before the wedding, only to be found lying dead in the forest. Cadfael examines the body and determines that he was murdered. Abbot Heribert authorises him to persue the case further.

    b: 12 Jun 94 w: Paul Pender d: Graham Theakston
  4. "Monk's Hood"
    gs: Aubrey Richards [ Brother Rhys ], Sally Baxter [ Sibil Bellecote ], Steven Beard [ Brother Anselm ], Freddie Boardley [ Brother Petrus ], Thomas Craig [ Aelfric ], Bernard Gallagher [ Gervase ], Huw Garmon [ Meurig ], Terrence Hardiman [ Abbot Radulfus ], Davyd Harries [ Presiding judge ], Mary Miller [ Richildis ], Albie Woodington [ Sergeant Will Warden ], Sophie Lawrence [ Aldith ], Jonny Lee Miller [ Edwin Gurney ], Greg Saunders [ Tom Bellecote ], István Imre [ Martin Bellecote ], Gábor Urmai [ Jehan ], Ray Llewellyn [ Madog ], Tibor Gyukár [ Brother Porter ], Adam Suranyi [ Brother Urien ]

    After a wealthy landowner, Gervase, cuts his stepson, Edwin Gurney, out of his will, in order to leave his inheritance to the Abbey, he is poisoned at his dinner table. When Cadfael is called in to investigate, he is shocked to discover that the man's wife, Richildis, is his childhood sweetheart, whom he has not seen for forty years. Meanwhile Abbot Heribert is summoned away by the church authorities, and returns accompanied by the new abbot, Radulfus.

    b: 19 Jun 94 w: Russell Lewis d: Graham Theakston

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    2nd Series 1996

  5. "The Virgin in the Ice"
    gs: Valentine Pelka [ Richard Boterel ], Ronan Vibert [ Le Gaucher ], Robert Cavanah [ Olivier de Bretagne ], Amelia Curtis [ Ermina Hugonin ], William Mannering [ Yves Hugonin ], Albie Woodington [ Sergeant Will Warden ], Guy Oliver-Watts [ John Druel ], Tim Barker [ Reyner Dutton ], Istvan Szilagy [ Boterel's steward ], Éva Madarász [ Sister Hilaria ]

    Cadfael's novice, Brother Oswin, is found close to death, babbling about a woman, out in the woods in mid-winter. Cadfael goes out to try to find out what happened to him and the small traveling party he had met up with, when he finds one of them, a young nun called Sister Hilaria, raped, murdered and encased in the ice of a frozen stream. Suspicion of her murder falls on Oswin, who is no state to convincingly deny it. Cadfael tracks down the two other members of the party, Ermina and Yves Hugonin, and sets out to prove Oswin's innocence.

    b: 26 Dec 95 w: Russell Lewis d: Malcolm Mowbray
  6. "The Devil's Novice"
    gs: Julian Glover [ Leoric Ashby ], Ian McNeice [ Canon Eluard ], Ian Reddington [ Peter Clemence ], Albie Woodington [ Sergeant Will Warden ], Christien Anholt [ Meriet Ashby ], Chloë Annett [ Rosanna ], Daniel Betts [ Janyn ], Patrick Toomey [ Tristan Ashby ], John Dallimore [ Harald ], Louisa Milwood-Haigh [ Isobel ], Gábor Urmai [ Jehan ]

    The murder of wealthy cleric, Peter Clemence, an envoy of the king on his way to Chester, leads the finger of suspicion to point to a new monk at the Abbey, Meriet Ashby. Cadfael investigates at the behest of the abbot, on whom political pressures are being piled from the civil war raging round England. Cadfael uncovers a tangled web of family loyalty, dishonesty & unrequited love.

    b: 18 Aug 96 w: Christopher Russell d: Herbert Wise
  7. "A Morbid Taste for Bones"
    gs: Anna Friel [ Sioned ], John Hallam [ Lord Rhysart ], Nick Patrick [ Brother Columbanus ], Ellis Jones [ Father Ianto ], Stephen Moyer [ Godwin ], Philip Rowlands [ Bened ], Steffan Trefor [ Peredur ], Elizabeth Fitzherbert [ Apparition ]

    Following a vision by young monk Brother Columbanus, the monks of Shrewsbury go to Wales to recover the bones of St Winifred and take them to the abbey. But their attempted bribery of the Welsh puts them at odds with the local residents - and when the local landowner is found murdered, the monks are regarded as prime suspects. It takes Cadfael's intervention and mediation to smooth things over and allow them to return home.

    b: 19 Aug 96 w: Christopher Russell d: Rick Stroud

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    3rd Series 1997

  8. "The Rose Rent"
    gs: Kitty Aldridge [ Judith Perle ], Tom Mannion [ Niall Bronzesmith ], Graham McGrath [ Brother Eluric ], Crispin Bonham-Carter [ Miles Coliar ], Sarah Badel [ Sister Magdalen ], Paul Whitby [ Thomas Hynde ], Sebastian Abineri [ Godfrey Fuller ], Margery Mason [ Agatha Coliar ], Paul Trussell [ Bertred ], Brigid Duffy [ Branwen ], Barna Illyés [ Edward Perle ], Lajos Mezei [ William Hynde ]

    Judith Perle, the recently-widowed wife of a rich merchant becomes the object of interest for the men of Shrewsbury. She gives her house to the abbey, in exchange for the nominal rent of one rose annually from the rose bush in its garden. But then one of Cadfael's associates, Brother Eluric, is murdered, after he is assigned the duty of picking and delivering the rose. And then one of her suitors is also murdered.

    b: 12 Aug 97 w: Christopher Russell d: Rick Stroud
  9. "St Peter's Fair"
    gs: Benjamin Pullen [ Ivo Corbiere ], Tim Wylton [ Geoffrey Corviser ], Brendan O'Hea [ Philip Corviser ], Richard Clifford [ Glover of Shotwick ], Jacqueline Defferary [ Emma Vernold ], Terry John [ Fowler ], Tony Spooner [ Falconer ], Roger Ashton-Griffiths [ Thomas of Bristol ], Tony Kirwood [ Warrin ], Rupert Holliday-Evans [ Roger Dodd ], Albie Woodington [ Sergeant Will Warden ], Hilary Sesta [ Old crone ], Roy Heather [ Wat, the inn-keeper ], Tamás Varga [ Fairground carter ]

    Hugh Beringar has to choose between loyalty to the king and friendship with Cadfael when Cadfael puts him to the test. At the annual St Peter's Fair in Shrewsbury, the townspeople come into conflict with the Abbey authorities over the tolls levied on the visiting merchants. When the curfew is ignored, it leads to the murder of one of the wine merchants, but was it a consequence of the scrap between the townsfolk and the merchants, or was there a more substantial motive? Cadfael thinks that something more is going on amongst those attending the fair.

    b: 19 Aug 97 w: Russell Lewis d: Herbert Wise
  10. "The Raven in the Foregate"
    gs: Peter Guinness [ Father Ailnoth ], Catherine Cusack [ Catherine ], Adam Bareham [ Cynric ], Sean Chapman [ William / Edmund ], Tom Georgeson [ Lord Giffard ], Hermione Norris [ Mary ], Raad Rawi [ Cassale ], Carine Sinclair [ Eleanor ], Paul Kavanagh [ Ralf ], Martyn Whitby [ Alfred ], Niven Boyd [ Sergeant ]

    Popular local priest, Father Adam, has died, and is replaced by the strict, even heartless, Father Ailnoth. A young girl, Eleanor, comes to Cadfael asking him to give her confession. When he says he cannot, she reluctantly goes to Father Ailnoth, who refuses, and hounds her out of the church. The next day she is found drowned in the mill-stream, an apparent suicide, but so is Father Ailnoth, but his death is definitely murder. Abbot Radulfus charges Cadfael with investigating the deaths, before they reach the attention of King Stephen, in case doubts as to the town and church's loyalty to him cause unwanted attentions from his supporters, and drags Shrewsbury into the civil war. But it may already be too late.

    b: 26 Aug 97 w: Russell Lewis d: Ken Grieve

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    4th Series 1998

  11. "The Holy Thief"
    gs: George Irving [ Prior Herluin ], Richard Lintern [ Lord Beaumont ], Benedict Sandiford [ Tutilo ], Louise Delamere [ Daalny ], Frank Baker [ Remy ], Natasha Pyne [ Lady Donata Blount ], Robin Laing [ Sulien Blount ], Neil Caple [ Alfred ], Jonathan Tafler [ Moneylender ]

    Prior Herluin and his apprentice, Tutilo, arrive from a distant abbey that has been sacked in the civil war, requesting the loan of the bones of St Winifred. Abbot Radulfus finds it hard to refuse him, but then a local benefactor comes to his rescue, and he decides to keep the holy casket. Then a beautiful slave girl, Daalny, and the bones of St Winifred are abducted from the Abbey, and Cadfael is commissioned by the abbot to find them both. But a man is found murdered before Cadfael can determine what has been happening.

    b: 23 Jun 98 w: Ben Rostul d: Ken Grieve
  12. "The Potter's Field"
    gs: Gregor Truter [ Ruald ], Mel Martin [ Astola ], Jack Klaff [ Eudo ], Sioned Jones [ Generys ], Robert Laing [ Sulien ], Peter Baldwin [ Prior Mortimer ], John Bowler [ Badon ], Peter Aubrey [ Peter ], Philip Herbert [ Rabble rouser ], Shane Hickmott [ Brother Adam ], Natalie Jones [ Gunnild ]

    When a potter gives up his former life to enter the monastery just as his wife dies, the other monks all suspect him of murder. But as Cadfael begins to investigate, he uncovers a bizarre web of jealousy, infidelity and suicide pacts.

    b: 23 Dec 98 w: Christopher Russell d: Mary McMurray
  13. "The Pilgrim of Hate"
    gs: Matt Patresi [ Ciaran ], Barney Craig [ Luc ], Lee Ingleby [ Walter ], Natasha Little [ Melangell ], Terence Beesley [ Simeon Poer ], Shane Hickmott [ Brother Adam ]

    When the corpse of an old man is discovered in a sack at the Abbey, Cadfael believes the man has been murdered. Among the suspects are a group of pilgrims, including two thieves. Cadfael imprisons them in a bid to draw out the killer.

    b: 28 Dec 98 w: Richard Stoneman d: Ken Grieve

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NOTES

The episodes are based on some of the novels of the same titles by Ellis Peters, a pseudonym of the English author Edith Mary Pargeter (1913-1995). The films were shot in Hungary, rather than the English/Welsh borderlands in which they are set.
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