Malice Aforethought (2005)


Malice Aforethought (2005)

Dr. Edmund Bickleigh is married to a particularly overbearing woman who reminds him at every turn that he is living in her house. But the good doctor has outside interests to help him cope: many of the town's female population seems to have had intimate relations with him. When a new arrival to town becomes involved romantically with Edmund, he decides maybe it was time his wife wasn't around much longer. He puts in place a plan to become free to remarry -- after all he has a cabinet full of lethal (and mostly legal) drugs on hand. But it's an old lover that proves his savior, at least for a short time.
IMDb  6.9 /10
Director David Blair
Writer Anthony Berkeley
Writer Andrew Payne
Release Date2005-04-03
Runtime3h 0mins
GenreMystery, Crime, Drama
Content RatingTV-14 (TV-14)
CompanyGranada Television, WGBH, World 2000 Entertainment
CountryUK, USA
Miss Janet Wapworthy
Phyllis Ryan
Phyllis Ryan
Miss Adele Peavey
Julia Bickleigh
Dr. Edmund Bickleigh
Madeleine Cranmere
Ivy Ridgeway
Kate O'Toole
Kate O'Toole
Mrs. Ridgeway
Gemma Reeves
Gemma Reeves
Gwynfryd Rattery
William Chatford
Niall Buggy
Niall Buggy
Rev. Hessary Torr
Constance Torr

Malice Aforethought (film)

Malice Aforethought is a 2005 ITV drama based on Anthony Berkeley Cox’s 1931 novel of the same name, made by Granada Television. There was an earlier BBC television adaptation of this novel in 1979.


Set in a 1920's village in Devon. The plot concerns the complicated love life of Dr. Edmund Bickleigh and his plans to resolve his unhappy marriage by murdering his wife. It is an early and well-known example of the "inverted detective story".


  • Dr Edmund Bickleigh – Ben Miller
  • Julia Bickleigh – Barbara Flynn
  • Ivy Ridgeway – Lucy Brown
  • Madeleine Cranmere – Megan Dodds
  • Mrs Ridgeway – Kate O’Toole
  • Widdicombe – Peter Vaughan
  • William Chatford – Richard Armitage

External links

  • ITV 2005: Malice Aforethought on IMDb
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