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Cluedo was a TV gameshow made by Granada for ITV and broadcast from 1990 until 1993. It was based on the board game Cluedo and produced in association with the game's owner Waddingtons Games and Action Time. It bore some resemblance to an earlier ITV gameshow, Whodunnit? (UK), in that each edition featured a short murder mystery, with teams of studio guests giving the task of finding the killer. In Cluedo the six possible murderers were the six characters from the board game - Mrs Elizabeth Peacock, Miss Vivienne Scarlett, Mrs Blanche White, Colonel Mike Mustard, Reverend Jonathan Green and Professor Peter Plum - who were played by different actors in each series. The setting for each mystery was Mrs Peacock's country mansion, Arlington Grange (not Tudor Close as in the board game).

As in the board game, the contestants had to use deduction and process of elimination to identify in which room the murder took place, with what weapon and which of the suspects was the killer, being given six options for each. Following a short introduction from the studio host, the two teams of detectives would be shown the pre-recorded drama (filmed on location at Arley Hall in Cheshire) and would then be given the chance to question the suspects - the actors appearing in the studio in costume and in character - before making initial accusations. They would be told how accurate these were, though no one ever got all three elements right first time. After the commercial break they would then be shown a second video clip with one or more previously unseen additional scenes and had to work out how, if at all, this "new evidence" changed things. More questioning would follow before the teams made a final accusation, one of which always fortunately turned out to be correct. The murderer would then turn to camera and make their confession, explaining their motive for the crime, part of which would be voiced over a final clip showing the lead-up to the murder (although, since this went out at 7pm, the actual moment of the killing was always faded out or freeze-framed).

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Four series and a Christmas episode were made, hosted by James Bellini, Chris Tarrant and finally Richard Madeley. In the first series each team consisted of one celebrity and one member of the public involved in criminal justice or detection (police officer, forensic scientist etc.) but from series two this changed to two celebrities. The six weapons from the board game only appeared together once, in the Christmas special, and in other editions a wide variety of possible weapons were used or suggested, from croquet mallet to insecticide. There were no prizes whatsoever for the contestants, although in series 3 viewers were given the chance to phone in and win a murder mystery weekend by answering an observation question based on that night's mystery.

Many well-known TV actors of the time guested as that week's victim, always a ghastly type whose presence spelt trouble for the six inhabitants of Arlington Grange. The regular cast was of a similarly high calibre and the parts were played as follows:note 

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  • Mrs Peacock: Stephanie Beacham, Kate O'Mara, Rula Lenska, Susan George, Joanna Lumley
  • Miss Scarlett: Tracy Louise Ward, Toyah Wilcox, Koo Stark, Lysette Anthony, Jerry Hall
  • Mrs White: June Whitfield, Joan Sims, Mollie Sugden, Pam Ferris, Liz Smith
  • Colonel Mustard: Robin Ellis, David Robb, Michael Jayston, Lewis Collins, Leslie Grantham
  • Reverend Green: Robin Nedwell, Derek Nimmo, Richard Wilson, Christopher Biggins, Nicholas Parsons
  • Professor Plum: Kristoffer Tabori, Ian Lavender, David McCallum, Tom Baker, John Bird

This series is not to be confused with the board game Clue (Cluedo in the UK) or with the American film Clue which was also based on it.

This series provides examples of the following:


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  • Ad Lib: The actors had to improvise a good deal when being questioned in the studio sequences. Some were especially good at this, notably June Whitfield, Richard Wilson and Tom Baker. Whitfield enhanced her characterisation of Mrs White by introducing Malaproper:
    Mrs White: Er, excuse me, Mr Bellini, are the defectives allowed to make remarks like that?
  • The Announcer: Charles Foster.
  • Aristocrats Are Evil: Although it depended which week you were watching.
  • Ascended Extra: Of a sort: Leslie Grantham and Nicholas Parsons were contestants in the Christmas special and series 3 respectively, and were then cast as Colonel Mustard and Reverend Green in series 4, being the only performers to be both detectives and suspects within the series. Richard Madeley was also a contestant (with his wife, Judy Finnigan) in the last episode of series 2 and won not only the contest but the presentership from series 3 onwards!
  • Audience Participation: The studio audience had the chance to vote on the killer's identity in series 1. After that they were restricted to cheering, jeering or booing as the drama unfolded. This was in contrast to international adaptations of the series, including in Germany and Australia, which gave the entire job of questioning and judging to the studio audience.
  • Bad Guys Play Pool: Although Arlington Grange was more refined and snooker was played rather than pool in the billiard room, the murder victim would sometimes play pool, while plotting their ruses. On at least two occasions, their killer sneaked up behind them while they took a shot.
  • Bait-and-Switch:
    • In "A Fête Worse Than Death", actor Bernard Kirkbride appears to be set up as the murder victim for the episode, as we see scenes of him antagonising each of the characters in turn. Near the end of the short film, Mrs Peacock tells Colonel Mustard that she's glad they're rid of him, only for Mustard to say, "What do you mean? Here he comes now!"... as Kirkbride arrives to report the murder of a seemingly unimportant background extra in a dragon suit (revealed to be an undercover cop who was seen observing incriminating behaviour or conversations by most of the suspects).
    • In the Christmas Episode "Christmas Past, Christmas Present", Richard Forrest, the son of the judge who owned Arlington Grange before Mrs Peacock shows up with gifts hinting that he knows about scandals in the past of all six suspects, setting himself up as the murder victim. However, the actual murder victim is his chauffeur, Ken. Or so we are led to believe; Ken and Forrest swapped identities as a precaution, but the murderer saw through the ruse.
  • Big Fancy House: And Mrs Peacock would do anything to preserve it.
  • Blackmail: The murder victims frequently had dirt on one or more of the suspects, and while fear of exposure was enough to drive some of them to murder, in other cases, the victim was trying to extort money for their silence. For example, in "Going, Going, Goner" from Series 1, TV antiques expert Peregrine Talbot-Wheeler tries to blackmail Mrs Peacock into buying his silence when he reveals that her prize Rembrandt, for which she paid a fortune, is a worthless fake.
  • Cannot Spit It Out: Some of the suspects' hesitant replies when being interrogated.
    Mrs Peacock: Come on Vivienne, spit it out.
    Miss Scarlet: I er... didn't want the insurance people going my things.
  • Christmas Episode: An extended episode broadcast in December 1990 featured a Christmas-themed murder mystery, a one-off cast of suspects and three video clips rather than the usual two. It aired between series 1 and 2 and had series 1's host, James Bellini.
  • Cold Ham: Especially the various Peacocks and Mustards. Quite a few victims too, especially when the likes of Paul Darrow started turning up.
  • Colonel Badass: Mustard, although he no longer had any troops to command. In series 3 he encountered a journalist, David Stringer, who threatened to expose a Gulf War error of judgement by Mustard that had cost several lives.
  • Colour-Coded for Your Convenience: The suspects would wear clothes vaguely resembling the colours of their characters, but this was only consistent in series 4.
  • Corrupt Corporate Executive: Several victims are corrupt businessmen who are threatening to ruin the idyllic area in and around Arlington Grange (often having just purchased it without explaining what they plan to do with it) with only one thing on their mind: profit.
    • Mr Hall from "Deadly Disco" is a greedy land developer who has bought the area in and around the village duck pond so that he can drain the water and build a garish dance club. Prof. Plum helped to arrange the sale without knowing Hall's plans, Rev. Green and Mrs White are outraged at the negative effect this will have on local wildlife, and it has sent the value of Col. Mustard's house (which overlooks the pond and which he has been advised to sell) through the floor.
    • Simon Charles from "A Deadly Deal" persuaded some of the six regulars to invest in a scheme that he knew would fail (taking a cut in commission), then he pulled his own money out at the last minute; in particular, Rev. Green, Miss Scarlett, and Mrs White each lost a huge sum. He claims that he can make their money back with another shady deal, which involves a software compatibility program that Prof. Plum invented but didn't patent in time.
    • Max Gold from "Murder in Merrie England" buys Arlington Grange from Mrs Peacock, and only reveals after the sale becomes legally binding that he plans to make the village the centrepiece in a gaudy "Merrie England" theme park, with parcels of land set aside for Rev. Green's church and an archaeological dig supervised by Prof. Plum marked for development.
    • Terry Radcliffe from "Where There's a Will" offers to invest the money Mrs White has just inherited, but he is really planning to embezzle it for himself; Rev. Green has already lost money in a dodgy scheme that Radcliffe persuaded him to invest in.
  • Corrupt Politician: In several episodes, the victim was a conscience-free MP or other politician.
    • Dave Chapman from "Politician's Funeral" is planning to run for the recently-vacated local Parliamentary seat, so he immediately sets about blackmailing the six regulars (including threatening the American Prof. Plum with deportation) to secure their backing for both the nomination and the election.
    • Sir Nigel Hussey from "Seven Deadly Sinners" is a Cabinet minister who is part corrupt politician, part Corrupt Corporate Executive, as he plans to develop the land next to Arlington Grange as a crass "Sin City" theme park, which is set to cause local property prices (including those of Prof. Plum's house and Arlington Grange itself) to crash. He has also conned funds out of Rev. Green under false pretences and exploited Ms Scarlett while refusing to honour his promise of a contract with the park for her.
  • Creator Backlash: An in-universe example. In Series 1, actor Bernard Kirkbride has been invited to open a summer fete. After he has been introduced by the Reverend Green as Mr Kwik Cup in the coffee advert, he greets the audience (having kept them waiting) with "Ten years of original material, and how does he introduce me? As a coffee advert!" And he is not joking.
  • Curtain Camouflage: Mrs White hides behind a curtain in series 1.
    Mrs White: I secreted myself be'ind the curtains.
  • Cut Phone Lines: In the third series, Colonel Mustard dramatically rips a phone cord out of the wall, to stop the murder victim making a phone call.
  • Deadpan Snarker: Loads of times.
    • Chris Tarrant, just after each murder.
      So, George Biddle's life insurance has finally run out.
      So, the final curtain call has come for Marianne Cray.
      So, Ben the window cleaner has kicked his last bucket.
      Jack Peacock really is dead this time.
    • Between a rude guest, and a policeman:
      Policeman: Just be glad I'm not booking you for actions likely to causes a breach of the peace.
      Kirkbride: It wasn't me, it was that vicar! He can't take a joke. And as for that militaristic nutter, Colonel Mustard...
      Policeman: I thought that militaristic nutter showed remarkable restraint, sir. If I were him, you'd still be seeing stars.
      Kirkbride: (Cowering in mock terror) Oooooh!!!!
    • Professor Plum being interrogated by Sir Clement Freud:
      Clement Freud: Where are you a professor? What seat of learning could possibly have given you a degree?
      Professor Plum: As far as my professorship is concerned, I took it in a mail-order catalogue.
    • Some of the murderers:
      Professor Plum: It was a question of balance, you see: my reputation balanced against his life, and I found the scales to be tipped against him.
      Reverend Green: I've never been able to understand why God didn't give me enough strength to be good.
      Mrs White: That "piddling little amount" was everything I had in the world, and I'd lost it all because of him, and all he could do was laugh! Well, he won't laugh again, I've seen to that.
  • Denser and Wackier: The fourth series' style and tone changed completely from tongue-in-cheek to utterly barking mad, with the characters becoming cartoonish stereotypes who no longer bore any resemblance to real life. Colonel Mustard never appeared without his beret, Professor Plum entered Mad Scientist territory and Miss Scarlett went from English class to American broad. The actors still played the studio sequences relatively straight but the videoed scenes... well... There was no series 5.
  • Department of Redundancy Department: Mr White tells Mrs Peacock "he's been murdered! Dead!"
  • Door Slam of Rage: In series 1, Reverend Green slams the door to the drawing room, when the murder victim is indifferent to his plan for a mole sanctuary.
  • Dramatic Drop: This sometimes happens when the body is found, especially if Mrs White makes the discovery.
  • Early Installment Weirdness: In the first series, Professor Plum was portrayed as a young American entrepreneur and not The Professor of the board game, to which he reverted in series 2. Mr White (played by Graham Rigby) appeared in a couple of episodes while in all later series Mrs White was a widow, allowing her a vague romance with Reverend Green in series 3. In the studio segments of the first series the audience was asked to vote electronically on its views of the killer's identity, though this had no bearing on the outcome. The actors playing the suspects would start at the top of a staircase and then have to walk rather clumsily down to their seats before the detection began, although this had the bonus of allowing the viewer to hear some more of the show's mean and moody theme music. The teams consisted of one celebrity and one member of the public, not two celebrities as subsequently. Following the first video clip, the teams would have to answer a simple observation question to determine who went first, e.g. "What colour was the telephone?", similar to the Observation round in another Granada gameshow, The Krypton Factor, which shared an executive producer with Cluedo. There were various other, smaller differences from later series, such as the opening titles and music being edited differently and the presenter being named with a caption and not by the announcer. The series was in more recognisable form by series 2. Also in series 1, Reverend Green was never the murderer: instead, Mrs Peacock was the murderer twice (which gave Stephanie Beacham and Robin Nedwell the distinction of being, respectively, the series' only multiple murderer and the only actor to appear in multiple episodes without being the killer).
  • Everyone Is a Suspect: Well, everyone among the regulars. Over the course of the short film leading up to the killing, we see that all six of them have various reasons to want the murder victim dead; perhaps the victim can potentially expose a scandal involving them or is blackmailing them to keep such a scandal quiet, perhaps they're carrying out a transaction (generally involving Arlington Grange somehow) that will ruin them financially, or perhaps they've threatened the life or livelihood of someone they care about (particularly common for Col. Mustard regarding Mrs Peacock and/or Ms Scarlett).
  • High-Class Gloves: In series 4, Mrs Peacock always wore gloves in the house. When interrogated about it, she replied that she was sometimes a hand model, and liked to keep her hands in exquisite condition.
  • Hollywood Darkness: Seen in series 1, in the episode where the murder victim is Peregrine Talbot-Wheeler: the announcement that the body has been found takes place outdoors, supposedly after dark, but everything is deeply tinted blue.
  • Home Participation Sweepstakes: Home viewers could call in to win a murder mystery weekend after watching series 3 episodes carefully.
  • I Didn't Mean to Kill Him: Heard a few times during the murderer's confession.
  • Kangaroo Court: Played for laughs with the whole show, with the informal questioning of the suspects, and the host revealing that they knew who the murderer was all along, sometimes mentioning this at the beginning.
    Richard Madeley (as a detective): We think it was Professor Plum. You did it, son!
    Chris Tarrant: Don't call him "son"! He's innocent until proven guilty.
  • Lady and Knight: With complications, as Mustard was intimately acquainted with both Mrs Peacock and her stepdaughter Miss Scarlett, and was ready to protect them both.
  • Large Ham: Granada could have opened a delicatessen. Particularly in series 1 and 4 and when anyone found the body. Mrs White finding the body could have been heard on another channel.
  • Later Installment Weirdness: The fourth series episodes opened with Richard Madeley walking around the deserted Grange (in a white tuxedo!) to introduce the night's mystery, and the studio set was modified to (vaguely) resemble the library of the Grange itself. There was a complete stylistic and tonal shift into comic and cartoonish territory, with a change of music to prove it.
  • Lethal Chef: Mrs White became one in the final series, having been a good cook previously, the occasional poisoning aside.
    Detective: Mrs White, you put rat poison on the dish.
    Mrs White: Oh, only absent-mindedly.
    Detective: Yes, but you didn't throw the dish away.
    Mrs White: Oh, I put grated cheese on top, so nobody would notice.
    Richard Madeley: How long have you been a cook?
    Mrs White: All my life, that's why I'm so good now.
  • Malaproper: This was Mrs White's speciality in series 1:
    • "I secreted myself be'ind the curtains."
    • "I've been illuminated."
    • "I was paranotic."
    • "I was only speaking motapherically."
    • "I heard you, there's no use decrying it."
    • "You, with your smarmy incinerations."
    • "I knew I shouldn't have done it: now I'm filled with resource."
  • Meaningful Name:
    • In series 2, Mr Pane, the unseen regular window cleaner, who is replaced by the murder victim in that episode.
    • In series 4, Colonel Mustard has a good friend called Sergeant (Beat) Major, as opposed to Sergeant-Major.
  • Microphone Swinging: Mrs Peacock in series 4 does this, before using the microphone as a murder weapon in a massive Large Ham moment, showing her teeth.
    Mrs Peacock: (totally shamelessly) Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, I did it. Pounded the little ferret's head to mush with a microphone. Sorry, terribly terribly sorry, but there it is.
  • Motor Mouth: Some of the suspects gave very long replies when interrogated.
    Carol Thatcher (daughter of UK Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher): Reverend Green, would you murder someone with one of your beloved golf clubs?
    Reverend Green: Good heavens, no! I mean, I am a man of the cloth, I wouldn't strike a man in anger, let alone with a golf club, good heavens! Actually, I think I had every reason to; I gave that man my word. I mean, he was a cabinet minister, I don't know if you have much experience of people in politics, but I would expect a cabinet minister to honour his word. He let me down. I would like to have struck him, but I certainly did not do the evil deed.
    Bob Holness: I wonder how long his sermons last on a Sunday?
    Richard Madeley: The Reverend doth protest too much.
  • Mystery Fiction: Naturally. The episode opens with the events leading up to a murder, and the panel then have to interrogate the six suspects to determine whodunnit, where, and how.
  • The Night Owl: In series 4, the crime writer Candice Costello is a night owl, saying that if you're going to write about dark stuff, you don't do it at brunch time.
  • Not Quite Dead: The final episode of series 2 saw Mrs Peacock's wedding to Colonel Mustard interrupted by the return of her supposedly dead husband, Jack Peacock. Professor Plum saw him off though.
  • Ominous Pipe Organ: Heard when Reverend Green, accompanied by the bishop, sees that the church tower bears signs advertising a rock festival, placed there by a hippy Dave.
    Reverend Green: This is desecration!
    Dave: No it's not, it's decoration.
  • Pop-Cultural Osmosis Failure: Played for laughs, when the middle-aged Reverend Green is interrogated about his former relationship with the deceased.
    Detective: Did you snog her?
    Reverend Green: I don't know what "snog" means.
  • Pose of Supplication: Professor Plum does this, in front of a gloating Jack Peacock, from whom he desperately wants to buy a drug to cure the common cold.
    Jack Peacock: Let's start at fifty thousand.
    Prof. Plum: I can't get my hands on that sort of money.
    Jack Peacock: Too bad, old bean. (Sets fire to the drug)
    Prof. Plum: (in a pose of supplication) Noooooo! I'd have paid, I'd have found the money somehow.
    Jack Peacock: That's better.
  • Pun: A few occasional ones thrown in:
    • A deadpan one by the host, James Bellini:
      Detective: How did you meet the Count?
      Mrs Peacock: On a ferry.
      James Bellini: A ferry story.
    • When Professor Plum holds a pair of dead rats in front of Mrs Peacock, she shrieks "Oh Professor, please!", emphasising the beginning of "please" for a little too long.
  • Punctuality Is for Peasants:
    • In series 1, Peregrine Talbot-Wheeler, an arrogant television art critic, is three hours late for his invitation to dinner, perhaps knowing that his hosts will fawn over him, as indeed they do; until one of them murders him, and makes him even more late.
      Talbot-Wheeler: I meant that it tastes odd. Have you ever cooked veal before?
      Mrs White: (frostily) I have. But people are usually there to eat it when it's ready, and not three hours later! (Mrs Peacock nudges her)
    • When invited to open a summer fete, pop artist Bernard Kirkbride plays for time yelling at racehorses on TV, keeping everybody waiting. When Miss Scarlett pleads with him to appear, he literally throws her aside, casually saying that an audience is more eager if you make them wait.
  • Rapid-Fire "Yes!": Two suspects do this:
    • Mrs Peacock, when confessing to the murder of a tabloid journalist.
      Mrs Peacock: Yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, yes, all right I did it. Pounded the little ferret's head to mush with a microphone.
    • Reverend Green also answers in this way, when pressed about whether he had been "intimate" with the murder victim (he was not the murderer, though).
  • Rules Spiel: Briefly done at the beginning of each episode. In series 3, Richard Madeley tended to over-explain certain rules.
    Richard Madeley: Obviously, the best thing our detectives could do at this stage would be to make a completely correct deduction. However, the next best thing they could do would be to make a completely incorrect deduction, because we can then eliminate a room, a weapon, and a suspect.
  • Running Gag: In series 1, Mrs White would often be drinking from a hip flask in the studio (Reverend Green, who sat next to her, would sometimes push the flask back into her handbag as if to say "Not now, Mrs White!").
    Detective: Mrs White, with poison, probably the poison she's...
    Mrs White: The poison I'm drinking at the moment!
  • Shear Menace: Scissors were often included among the murder weapons. On two occasions, Mrs Peacock would be seen holding them menacingly at the study desk.
  • Shout-Out:
    • The whole "country-house murder" set-up owed a debt to Agatha Christie and there were some direct shout-outs, such as the series 3 episode "And Then There Were Nuns".
    • Tom Baker's outlandish ad-libs as Professor Plum in the studio sequences of Series 3 would be familiar to anyone who's attended a Doctor Who convention.
    • The piece of music used to accompany the closing murder flashback, with its scraping violin strings, was reminiscent of Psycho.
    • The piece of music used to introduce the dramas in the final series was reminiscent of "English Country Garden".
  • Sinister Minister: Reverend Green, who sometimes seemed more than a little unhinged.
    • In series 2:
      (Reverend Green walks through the kitchen with a shotgun, startling Mrs White)
      Reverend Green: Calm down, it's only me, I'm just borrowing one of Mrs Peacock's guns.
      Mrs White: You're not going to shoot that horrible young man, are you?
      Reverend Green: You've heard of the church militant? Well tonight, I'm it.
    • When confessing to the murder in series 4:
      Reverend Green: The time has come to confess before God, and fellow witnesses: your poor peasants. Did you not realise that an artist walked among you? I took into my hand the pen, the greatest weapon known to man, and I flourished it with the craft and eloquence of the noble bard. And then, she arrived; so naturally, I had to write the last chapter of her life. But hear this: lock me away, and you don't just bang up a barmy vicar: you incarcerate a living legend, a literary legend! I could have been up there with Dickens, Trollope, even Jeffrey Archer!!! Oh God, forgive me.
      Richard Madeley: I'm not sure Jeffrey Archer will.
  • Softspoken Sadist: Some of those who set out to ruin the residents of Arlington Grange (and then ended up murdered for it) were like this: notably Jack Peacock in series 2.
  • Speak Now or Forever Hold Your Peace: In the final episode of series 2, a wedding between Mrs Peacock and Colonel Mustard is aborted by Jack Peacock suddenly reappearing (accompanied by Ominous Pipe Organ), having been presumed dead.
  • Spoiler: In series 4, the solution would be shown to the TV audience before the interrogation began, with the audience told to look away if they wanted to play along.
  • Sword Pointing: In series 2, Colonel Mustard points a poker very threateningly at the murder victim, saying "listen to me, you moron!". Mrs White also does this with a sharp knife, which happens to catch the light, with a flash of Mrs White's anger.
  • Thing-O-Meter: Electronically collated the studio audience's votes on the murderer's identity in series 1.
  • Weapon of Choice: The six weapons were different in every episode. Some of the more unusual choices were the tail from a dragon's costume, a funeral urn containing the murder victim's supposed ashes (described by Richard Madeley as a neat, ironic twist), a bridge trophy, a kettle flex, a G-string, a living snake. Interestingly, although a gun was often included, it was never used as the weapon.
    Detective: (to Colonel Mustard) Are you trained to garrote people with knicker elastic? Would it stand up to the tension?
    Col. Mustard: I am not an expert on knicker elastic.
  • What the Hell Is That Accent?: In "Countdown" from series 1, the French Comte Henri de Beauchamp speaks with an accent that would make even Peter Sellers as Inspector Clouseau puzzled. This is because he's English and only pretending to be French.
  • Who Murdered the Asshole?: Many of the victims are such despicable people that all six regulars are clearly glad they're dead, whether they're the ones who killed them or not. Sometimes they're just rude and abusive, while sometimes they're threatening to expose scandals involving one or more of the suspects.
    • TV art expert Peregrine Talbot-Wheeler from "Going, Going, Goner" spends his brief time at Arlington Grange being rude and dismissive to all six suspects and ultimately trying to blackmail Mrs Peacock.
    • Investment broker Simon Charles from "A Deadly Deal" is cheerfully unrepentant about the financial ruin that befell five of the suspects after his original dodgy deal or the lack of compensation for the sixth (Prof. Plum) that will result from his next one.
    • Soap star Marianne Kray from "Fatal Distraction" is abrasive and ruthless to an extent that would make All About Eve's Eve Harrington shake her head in disbelief.
    • Sister Concepta (the late Mr Peacock's sister) from "And Then There Were Nuns" is a stereotypical Moral Guardian who denounces all six regulars as depraved in some way and threatens several with exposure over their shadier actions.
    • Sir Nigel Hussey from "Seven Deadly Sinners" is a sleazy politician who double crosses and/or threatens to financially destroy the six suspects in different ways.
    • Terry Radcliffe from "Where There's a Will" has caused significant financial losses for Rev. Green in the past and is clearly planning to do so again for Mrs White, with further repercussions for most of the other regulars.
  • You Are Fat: In series 4, one of the murder victims (Sir Nigel Hussey, MP), was addressed as an "obese hypocrite" by Mrs Peacock, and referred to as a "very, very, dangerous lump of lard" by Colonel Mustard.

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