Amid the throng of hopeful pilgrims flocking to Shrewsbury Abbey on Cripple's Day, a body is found in a leather sack. Brother Cadfael boils the body down to bones, searching for clues to the victim's fate. 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.