Brother Cadfael questions the motives of a young man who turns up at the Abbey to join as a novice. His suspicions are heightened when the half-burned body of a missing cleric is uncovered in the woods. While the young man admits to the crime, Cadfael's investigation flushes out untruths and a tortured family story. 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.