When a fat old baron and a beautiful, wealthy orphan are to be wed at the Abbey, all of Shrewsbury turns out to see the unlikely pair ride into town. While she throws money to lepers by the road, he strikes out at them with his whip. Brother Cadfael investigates when the baron ominously rides off on the eve of the wedding. Sir Derek Jacobi (I, Claudius; Gladiator
) stars as the 12th-century Benedictine monk, former Crusader, and compassionate man who uses his worldly knowledge and keen intuition to solve baffling and brutal crimes. Based on the best-selling novels by Ellis Peters, the series was a huge hit on PBS's Mystery!
"Medieval England comes marvelously alive"—Washington Post
. 75 min., 1 DVD.