: : : Brother Cadfael - The Devil's Novice

Story

Derek Jacobi's Brother Cadfael is a different kind of detective: a 12th-century monk, a healer and herbalist, and former soldier of fortune. His résumé gives him an interesting perspective on the puzzling murders that seem to plague the rural county of Shrewsbury. In "The Devil's Novice," from the second season of the television series, Cadfael defends the order's newest novice, an intense young man who harbors a haunting secret, against a murder charge. Once again he fights dogmatic superstition in the monastery's ranks and even battles the church hierarchy willing to sacrifice an innocent man to bring closure to the murder of a cleric. The generic mystery relies on familiar family melodramatics and romantic complications and even echoes elements of the more compelling Cadfael mystery "The Virgin in the Ice," but the backdrop of cloak-and-dagger intrigue and church politics infiltrating provincial Shrewsbury is compelling. Cadfael's mix of spiritual wisdom and worldly experience makes him a riveting character, and Jacobi invests him with empathy, passion, and a perceptive, clear-eyed vision of the secular world.

The DVD also features a short audio-only interview with Derek Jacobi, a biography of author Ellis Peters (a pseudonym for Edith Pargeter), and a small stills gallery of production photos. --Sean Axmaker

DVD Features

  • Available Audio Tracks: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Commentary by Derek Jacobi
  • Ellis Peters Biography and Bibliography
  • Production Info
  • Book List of Ellis Peters

Cast

Derek JacobiBrother Cadfael
Terrence HardimanAbbot Radulfus
Michael CulverPrior Robert
Julian FirthBrother Jerome
Julian GloverLeoric Ashby
Ian McNeiceCanon Eluard
Ian ReddingtonPeter Clemence
Albie WoodingtonSergeant Warden
Christien AnholtMeriet
Eoin McCarthySheriff Hugh Beringar
Chloë AnnettRosanna
Daniel BettsJanyn
Patrick ToomeyTristan
John DallimoreHarald
Louisa Milwood-HaighIsobel
Mark CharnockBrother Oswin
Gábor UrmaiJehan

  • Genre: TV
  • Director: Malcolm Mowbray
  • Producer: Acorn Media
  • Length: 75 min
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaJan 1, 1996
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaAug 29, 2000
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