Lord Peter Wimsey (1972)

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Ian Carmichael essayed the title role in Lord Peter Wimsey, an on-and-off British TV series based on the seriocomic mystery novels by Dorothy L. Sayers. The quintessential upper-class twit (albeit a likeable one), Lord Peter was also a dilettante detective, and in each multi-part adventure, he managed to find himself up to his well-tailored collar in murder and mystery. Acting as Lord Peter's Watson was his valet Bunter (Glyn Houston), a man whose (apparently) checkered past served him well when analyzing the criminal mind. Telecast by BBC1 from 1972 to 1975, the series' 21 50-minute episodes were adapted from five of Sayers' novels: Clouds of Witness, The Unpleasantness at the Bellona Club, Murder Must Advertise, The Nine Tailors, and Five Red Herrings. In America, the individual Lord Peter Wimsey story arcs were seen as part of PBS' Masterpiece Theatre anthology beginning in 1973.