Monday, 18 April 2016
382 Malice Aforethought
First viewed : March 1979
I don't think I've given this one much thought since it finished 37 years ago but there it is in the schedules. Malice Aforethought was a three part adaptation, on BBC2 , of a popular crime novel of the 1930s . The tale is not a whodunnit but a will he get away with it story about a mild mannered doctor Edmund Bickleigh who slowly poisons his awful wife Julia to be with Madeline. However Madeline not only doesn't wait for him but becomes the one person who is suspicious about Julia's death.
The adaptation starred Hywel Bennett as Bickleigh, Cheryl Campbell as Madeline and Judy Parfitt as Julia and was very faithful to the book. It was remade in 2005 by Granada with Ben Miller playing Bickleigh.