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Death at the Opera 

Mrs Bradley revisits her alma mater and during a school performance of the Mikado, one of the lead singers is murdered.


James Hawes


Simon Booker (screenplay), Gladys Mitchell (novel)




Episode complete credited cast:
Annabelle Apsion ... Mona Bunting
Roy Barraclough ... Dr Simms
Elaine Claxton ... Miss Ferris
Peter Davison ... Inspector Christmas
Monique De Villiers Monique De Villiers ... Clementine Dingwall Main
Neil Dudgeon ... George Moody
Amy Marston ... Agnes Delamere
Carli Norris ... Prunella 'Plum' Fisher
Ken Oxtoby Ken Oxtoby ... Mr Jenner
Diana Rigg ... Adela Bradley
David Tennant ... Max Valentine
Susan Wooldridge ... Mrs Simms


Visiting her alma mater, Hadleigh Heights, to give an address, Mrs. Bradley finds herself investigating the death of Miss Ferris, who is found in her dressing room just prior to her appearance in the student production of the Mikado. Mrs. Bradley and her chauffeur George suspect that the dead woman may have had a secret lover, in the form of another member of staff, likely female. They also learn that a member of staff has changed their identity. When a second staff member dies, supposedly by suicide, Mrs. Bradley looks to the students for a solution. Written by garykmcd

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Mystery | Thriller


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Release Date:

16 January 2000 (UK) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


In her speech to the school, Mrs. Bradley says that the previous year Amelia Earhart flew the Atlantic and that women finally got the vote. These both took place in 1928, allowing the events in this episode to be dated to 1929. See more »


George Moody: [reading the plaque in the main hallway of the finishing school] "Home, Harmony, Humility."
Mrs. Adela Bradley: Hogwash.
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A solid second episode, with excellent visuals.
10 March 2018 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

Mrs Bradley returns to the her Finishing School to attend a performance of The Mikado, midway through the performance is stopped as one of the performers, deputy head hopeful Miss Ferris is found dead,but was it natural causes or murder?

As with the previous episode it is visually delightful, exquisite costumes, coupled with strong production values make it a great watch. Rigg is superb once again, admittedly she's not the character in the novels, but her interpretation is excellent nonetheless. Some nice humour, Rigg and Dudgeon seemingly enjoyed working together.

It's a good story, not my favourite, but it looks into a subject that for the time was taboo. Good performances from David Tennant and Annabelle Apsion, Roy Barowclough is hilarious.

Lightly entertaining.

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