After the local potter's field is given to the Abbey, a plowman unearths the skeleton of a female murder victim. Shrewsbury boils with rumors and accusations as a civil war devastates the countryside, and Brother Cadfael must find the culprit ahead of an angry mob. 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.