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Have His Carcase: Episode One 

While on a walking tour of the West Country, Harriet stumbles on the body of a bearded man with his throat cut on a rocky outcropping near the sea.


Christopher Hodson


Rosemary Anne Sisson (dramatisation)




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Harriet Walter ... Harriet Vane
Edward Petherbridge ... Lord Peter Wimsey
Richard Morant ... Bunter
Rowena Cooper Rowena Cooper ... Mrs. Weldon
Simon Cuff Simon Cuff ... Alexis
Peter Benson ... Perkins
Romney Marsh Romney Marsh ... Haviland Martin
Ray Armstrong Ray Armstrong ... Inspector Trethowan
Michael Troughton ... P.C. Ormonde
Arthur Cox ... Salcombe Hardy
Arthur Blake Arthur Blake ... News Editor
Michael Heath ... Antoine
Trudie Goodwin ... Cherie
Arthur Hewlett ... Gaffer Trewin
Richard Caldicot ... Colonel Belfridge


After her acquittal on a murder charge, Harriet embarks on a walking tour of the West Country while working on her new novel. She spots a man lying on a rocky outcropping and tries to warn him that the tide will soon cut him off from the land. Approaching him, she finds his throat has been cut. She cooly collects evidence from the corpse before it is swept out to sea and walks to the nearest village to report the death. She shrewdly also calls the newspaper in order to cash in on the publicity of her discovery. Wimsey and Bunter volunteer their services to help her in her investigation. The dead man turns out to be a gigolo who worked as a professional dancer in aa local seaside resort and was engaged to a wealthy middle-aged widow who is convinced the death is murder and not homicide as the police believe. Written by duke1029@aol.com

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

15 April 1987 (UK) See more »

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The comment about the year being 1929 is incorrect. In the book the events of Strong Poison happened between December 1929 and January 1930, dealing with a death that happened in June 1929. Have His Carcase, whilst not specifying the year, started on Thurday 18th June. The dates were changed in the TV series so that the weather in which they were filming was suitable for the dates specified. Lord Peter tells us in the 'quarrel' scene that they had known each other eighteen months at this point, meaning that this must be the June in the year following the second trial in Strong Poison. When they changed the dates for the TV series, they correctly changed the date to the 16th October 1930 but rather inexplicably changed the day from Thursday to Wednesday, making the day of the week incorrect for the date of the year. They also overlooked changing the period of time Lord Peter mentions in the quarrel. In the book, they met in December 1929 and have the quarrel in June 1931, a period of eighteen months almost exactly. For the series they moved the events so that they met in June 1929 and have the quarrel in October 1930, a period of only sixteen months. See more »


The small amount of whiskey that the reporter pours in Bright's glass does not match the amount that he drinks. See more »


Lord Peter Wimsey: May I come into your parlor?
Harriet Vane: Peter! What on earth are you doing here?
Lord Peter Wimsey: [holds up newspaper] "Famous Mystery Author Finds Body on Beach" So, here I am, like a bird that hears the call of its mate.
Harriet Vane: I didn't call you...
Lord Peter Wimsey: I meant the body. But talking of mates, will you marry me?
Harriet Vane: Certainly not.
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14 September 2005 | by LilacLilyLoverSee all my reviews

I love all 3 Dorothy SAyer's mysteries with Harriet Walter and Edward Petherbridge. They have amazing chemistry and I couldn't get enough of these two!

I have all 3 films(Strong poison, have his carcase, and Gaudy night) on tape, and I am well into wearing them out due to over-watching!

All the characters are very well cast and the performances are very believable indeed.

I am an avid who-done-it fan and this series is right up there in my list.

Go watch it if you haven't yet!

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