Drama based on the true story of a solicitor who in 1922 found himself at the center of one of Britain's most notorious murder trials.
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Michael Kitchen ...  Major Herbert Rowse Armstrong 4 episodes, 1994
Sarah Miles ...  Catherine Armstrong 4 episodes, 1994
David Thewlis ...  Oswald Martin 4 episodes, 1994
Lesley Sharp ...  Constance 'Connie' Martin, née Davies 4 episodes, 1994
Peter Vaughan ...  Dr. Hinks 4 episodes, 1994
Diana Quick ...  Marion Glassford-Gale 4 episodes, 1994
Bernard Hepton ...  Mr. Davies 4 episodes, 1994
Don Henderson ...  Chief Inspector Crutchett 4 episodes, 1994
Robert Stephens ...  Henry Vaughan 4 episodes, 1994
Chloe Tucker ...  Eleanor Armstrong 4 episodes, 1994
Alexandra Milman Alexandra Milman ...  Margaret Armstrong 4 episodes, 1994
Joseph Steel Joseph Steel ...  Pearson Armstrong 4 episodes, 1994
Lucy Jenkins Lucy Jenkins ...  Inez 4 episodes, 1994
Roger Lloyd Pack ...  Phillips 4 episodes, 1994
Patrick Godfrey ...  Griffiths 4 episodes, 1994
Rhonda Lewis Rhonda Lewis ...  Mrs. Davies 4 episodes, 1994
Sam Cox Sam Cox ...  Vicar 4 episodes, 1994
Jack Walters Jack Walters ...  Wilks 4 episodes, 1994
Christine Pollon Christine Pollon ...  Pearce 4 episodes, 1994
Paul Brooke ...  Arthur 4 episodes, 1994
Amanda Walker ...  Bessie 4 episodes, 1994
Arbel Jones ...  Mrs. Flitch, Barmaid 4 episodes, 1994
Fraser Cains Fraser Cains ...  Doctor 4 episodes, 1994
Brian Pettifer ...  Bank Manager 4 episodes, 1994
Eve Bland Eve Bland ...  Dorothy Martin 4 episodes, 1994
Stephen Lyons Stephen Lyons ...  Gilbert Martin 4 episodes, 1994
John Owens ...  Official 4 episodes, 1994
Nick Miles Nick Miles ...  Sgt. Sharp 4 episodes, 1994
John Pierce Jones John Pierce Jones ...  Supt Weaver 4 episodes, 1994
Robert Oates Robert Oates ...  Williams 4 episodes, 1994
Nicholas Selby Nicholas Selby ...  Sir Bernard Spilsbury 4 episodes, 1994
Denys Hawthorne Denys Hawthorne ...  Curtis-Bennett 4 episodes, 1994
John Horsley ...  Pollock 4 episodes, 1994
Ralph Nossek Ralph Nossek ...  Justice Darling 4 episodes, 1994
Hubert Rees Hubert Rees ...  Governor 4 episodes, 1994
Richard Strange ...  Hangman 4 episodes, 1994
Laurence Richardson Laurence Richardson ...  Michael 4 episodes, 1994
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This is a dramatisation of the true story of Major Herbert Rowse Armstrong, a solicitor and magistrate's clerk who lived in the small Welsh town of Hay-on-Wye. In 1921 he was arrested and charged with poisoning his domineering wife, Catherine, and later attempting to poison a business rival, Oswald Martin, by administering arsenic to them. At his trial, Armstrong claimed that he had bought the arsenic simply to kill the dandelions on his lawn. However he was convicted of murder and executed in 1922. Written by Martin Underwood <imdb@martinunderwood.f9.co.uk>

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Language:

English

Release Date:

1994 (UK) See more »

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Runtime:

(4 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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David Thewlis and Lesley Sharp previously co-starred in Naked (1993) (1993), directed by Mike Leigh. See more »

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Pity about Sarah Miles
14 May 2015 | by d-nicol6444See all my reviews

Wish Kitchen had not had the mustache. Wish Sarah Miles wasn't in it. I agree with the previous comment that she is over-rated and has no appeal at all. Even her voice, perhaps mostly her voice, is so unattractive that when she's speaking I turn off the sound. She is the fly in the ointment of any film she has been in, including Poirot. Otherwise this is a well-paced and beautifully photographed film. The settings are historically accurate and well thought out and researched. I enjoyed seeing the dignified offices, were they really so beautiful? Was this very English film successful in the USA? American films tend to move much faster, with warnings of 'flashing images'. No problem with that in this film, it maintains a steady slow pace which renders it plausible and life-like. David Thewliss is a wonderful contrast to Kitchen. His hangdog expressions provide a light touch, a technique Shakespeare uses to great effect. A superb film which I thoroughly enjoyed.


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