Title: The Blackheath Poisonings (1992– )

The Blackheath Poisonings was produced in 1993 as a dramatic serial on the PBS Masterpiece Theatre and is now available on DVD.

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  • "The Blackheath Poisonings is a Victorian era murder drama starring Christine Kavanagh and Zoe Wanamaker and based on the novel by Julian Symons. Two families, The Collards and the Vandervents live together in a spacious villa in the London suburb of Blackheath in what appears to be a picture perfect life, but which actually holds many wicked secrets."

    This gripping Victorian murder mystery, based on the novel by Julian Symons, features a stellar cast that includes Ian McNeice, Zoë Wanamaker, Patrick Malahide, Judy Parfitt and James Faulkner. Created by Inspector Morse producer Kenny McBain, adapted by celebrated novelist and scriptwriter Simon Raven and directed by the BAFTA-nominated Stuart Orme (The Sculptress), The Blackheath Poisonings is essential viewing for all fans of period drama and suspense.

    The Collards and the Vandervents form an extended family in the respectable, if ostentatious, splendour of Albert Villa, on the edge of the London suburb of Blackheath. But dangerous emotions boil beneath the calm surface in a household of ill-matched adults, thrown together for the sake of the family toy business; while the arrival of a scheming stranger stretches the fragile harmony of Albert Villa to breaking point, it becomes clear that the façade is crumbling when a gruesome death threatens to reveal sordid secrets and illicit love – and the darker, hidden face of Victorian life.

  • This gripping Victorian murder mystery, based on the novel by Julian Symons, features a stellar cast that includes Ian McNeice, Zoë Wanamaker, Patrick Malahide, Judy Parfitt and James Faulkner. Created by Inspector Morse producer Kenny McBain, adapted by celebrated novelist and scriptwriter Simon Raven and directed by the BAFTA-nominated Stuart Orme (The Sculptress), The Blackheath Poisonings is essential viewing for all fans of period drama and suspense.

    The Collards and the Vandervents form an extended family in the respectable, if ostentatious, splendour of Albert Villa, on the edge of the London suburb of Blackheath. But dangerous emotions boil beneath the calm surface in a household of ill-matched adults, thrown together for the sake of the family toy business; while the arrival of a scheming stranger stretches the fragile harmony of Albert Villa to breaking point, it becomes clear that the façade is crumbling when a gruesome death threatens to reveal sordid secrets and illicit love – and the darker, hidden face of Victorian life.

    Moord in een Victoriaanse wereld van corruptie, hebzucht en bedrog. The Blackheath Poisonings is gebaseerd op de gelijknamige bestseller van Julian Symons.

    De Collards en de Vendervents vormen een vooraanstaande familie van speelgoedmakers die wonen in een schitterende villa aan de rand van de Londense voorstad Blackheath. De politie onderzoekt twee doden door vergiftiging binnen de familie en ontdekt een aantal bizarre geheimen en affaires - de andere kant van het Victoriaanse leven...

    The Blackheath Poisonings

    Synopsis: Based on the 1978 novel by Julian Symons, the two-part, four-hour British miniseries The Blackheath Poisonings was set during the Victorian era. When the head of a prominent household is poisoned, virtually everyone within a 50 mile radius falls under suspicion. As the plot thickens, more suspicious deaths occur, the final one proving to be a means of "escape" for the guilty party. Deftly exploring the sinister underpinnings of 19th century British gentility, The Blackheath Poisonings was broadcast by Central Television on December 7 and 9, 1992. ~ Hal Erickson, All Movie Guide

    Starring:  Christine Kavanagh, Ian McNeice, Zoe Wanamaker 

    Director:  Stuart Orme 

    Writer:  
    Simon Raven 
    Kenny McBain (creator)
    Julian Symons (novel) 

    Released:  1992 (TV)

    Rating:  NR

    Country:  UK

    Language:  English


  • Title: The Blackheath Poisonings: A Victorian Murder Mystery (Penguin crime fiction)
    Author(s): Julian Symons
    ISBN: 0-14-005171-6 / 978-0-14-005171-1 (UK edition)
    Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
    Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

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The Blackheath Poisonings was one of Julian Symons’s trilogy of Victorian novels; it was originally published in 1978 and has been televised in the UK.