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TV Watch: The Dorothy L Sayers Mysteries

Wimsey with Harriet

Fans of Dorothy L Sayers and Lord Peter Wimsey will already be aware that the Drama Channel is showing the original 1987 drama series starring Edward Petherbridge and Harriet Walter. I’ve been recording the lot in order to save them on discs. I need to do this because some of our own discs (recorded from an ITV3 re-showing) have become corrupted. This is a shame, because my husband was so clever at this sort of thing that he could record a series and take out the advertisements, something I’ve never found out how to do. It’s also well worth doing, since DVDs of each story currently cost £29.99 on Amazon, so the whole lot would set you back £90.00.

So, as well as watching the Drama episodes as they appear, I’ve been checking the old discs. And what a surprise I got! I found the first two episodes of Strong Poison to be hopelessly corrupted. The third, however, is perfect and is vastly superior to what we’re getting from Drama. The colour, clarity of picture and sound quality are all much better *and* there are more scenes! Yes, fellow viewers, the Drama channel is short-changing us with this series, presumably in order to fit more advertisements into the allotted time. Not that it stops me watching, of course. For me, Edward Petherbridge is just perfect as Lord Peter.

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Naturally, watching the programme made me want to read the book again and I did a very silly thing. Wanting to find out if it were available cheaply for the Kindle, I clicked the wrong button by accident and bought it by mistake. Duh! I have two other copies!

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You know you can return kindle books? If you go to the Amazon website and the 'Manage Your Devices' page. If it's within a week, you can just click a button. If it's been longer, I think you have to contact them.
Coo, thank you! I'll think on.
Google and YouTube are your friends if you want to learn how to remove ads. It's a shame some of the first lot of discs got corrupted but brilliant that others are superior to the Drama channel's ad ridden effort!
Hmm, I'm not very techie, but thanks for the advice!
The Drama visual quality is definitely poor. But more scenes??? I had failed to pick up on that. Must check against my videos.

Ed. I mean check which scenes are missing, not your veracity!

Edited at 2015-02-12 07:51 pm (UTC)
I haven't checked frame by frame! Just that I kept thinking, 'don't remember that'. There's one scene in particular: Wimsey is up all night mulling over the problem; he sits at the piano and plays the opening bars of Beethoven's Sonata Pathetique. I've been practising that myself for weeks and would never have missed it because it was such a coincidence.
Interesting! I had no idea Drama would be chopping bits out. And I assumed the poor quality on some cable channels was due to the ages of the recording, but perhaps that's not the case after all...
I use Freeview and have found the Drama channel shows some good stuff. I wouldn't have known anything about the worse quality without the old discs for comparison. I don't understand why there is a difference.
The quality is ok on our tv but I am cross about the missing scenes.
The missing sections aren't necessarily essential to the plot but, as in the books, they add necessary colour so I do think it's a swizz.