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Three BBC radio dramatisations of Ellis Peters' much-loved medieval murder mysteries featuring monk-cum-sleuth Brother Cadfael.

A onetime Crusader turned Benedictine monk, Brother Cadfael is a most unusual detective. Living a quiet life as a monastery herbalist, he spends his days ministering to his brothers using the medical skills he acquired in the Holy Lands - but his worldly knowledge and wide experience of human nature are frequently called upon when there is a murder to solve.... 

Monk's Hood

Brother Cadfael is asked to supply a healing potion for a sick monk - but monk's hood oil can kill as well as cure.... 

The Virgin in the Ice

In the winter of 1139, Cadfael sets out through snowbound Shropshire to find a missing boy and his sister.

Dead Man's Ransom

1141. Beyond the walls of the abbey, civil war rages. When news arrives that Sheriff Gilbert Prestcote has been taken prisoner, a hostage exchange is arranged - but love and murder intervene.... 

Starring Philip Madoc as Cadfael, with supporting casts including Michael Hordern, Michael Kitchen and Susannah York, these thrilling tales of murder, mystery and intrigue bring the turbulent world of 12th-century Shrewsbury superbly to life.

Monk's Hood

Brother Cadfael - Philip Madoc

Narrator - Michael Hordern

Brother Mark - Ian Targett

Fr Heribert - Timothy Bateson

Prior Robert - Geoffrey Whitehead

Meurig - Kenneth Price

Richildis Bonel - Pat Heywood

Brother Rhys/Judge - Norman Jones

Aelfric - Mark Straker

Brother Edmund - Timothy Carlton

Brother Petrus - Fraser Kerr

Sergeant - Ian Hogg

Aldith - Jane Whittenshaw

Edwy Bellecote - Stephen Garlick

Edwin Gurney - Richard Pearce

Hugh Beringar - Alan Barker

Ifor ap Morgan - Michael Turner

Brother Barnabas - Terence Edmond

Dramatised by Bert Coules

Produced by Lissa Evans

First broadcast in 1991

The Virgin in the Ice

Brother Cadfael - Philip Madoc

Narrator - Michael Hordern

Hugh Beringar - Douglas Hodge

Olivier - Raad Rawi

Ermina - Moira Buffini

Ives - Dean Magri

Abbot Radulfus - John Church

Leonard - Leonard Fenton

Elyas - Crispin Letts

Boterel - Andrew Wincott

Button - Eric Allan

Porter - Steve Hodson

Le Gaucher - Peter Laird

Axeman/Sergeant - Peter Gunn

Outlaw - Jonathan Adams

Sergeant - Jonathan Tafler

With David Holt, Ann Windsor, Julian Rhind-Tutt, John Fleming and Kate Binchy

Dramatised by Bert Coules

Produced by Phil Clarke

Music by Peter Salem

First broadcast in 1992.

Dead Man's Ransom

Brother Cadfael - Philip Madoc

Sister Magdalen - Susannah York

Hugh Beringar - Jonathan Tafler

Elis - Jason Hughes

Radulfus - Trevor Peacock

Herbard/Edmund/Ithel - Shaun Prendergast

Aline - Lorien Haynes

Lad/Villager - David Holt

Narrator - Michael Kitchen

Melicent - Katy Odey

Prince Owain - Sion Probert

Cristina - Siobhan Flynn

Eliud - Mark Lewis Jones

Maurice/Rhys/Griffri - Douglas Blackwell

Anion - Matthew Morgan

Dramatised by Bert Coules

Produced by Neil Cargill

Music by Peter Salem

First broadcast in 1995. 

©2020 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd (P)2020 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd

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Brother Cadfael - brilliant!

I love Brother Cadfael full stop- but do prefer Derek Jacobi the most. Enjoyable listening

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  • Mrs. G. Chew
  • 13-02-2021

A pleasure to hear so much Welshness.

As much as I respect and enjoy Sir Derek Jacobi, Philip Madoc does a far better characterisation, and has leisure to expand the storyline weaving around him. It was lovely to hear so many odd Welsh phrases used, although I do wish they had done as Stephen Thorne did, and used the proper pronunciation of "Cadvel" not "Cad-fie-el". I enjoyed the fact that Olivier de Bretagne sounded half-Syrian, but couldn't get used to Yves Hugonin being pronounced Ives, not Eeves. I shall certainly be getting the rest of these productions.

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  • Claire
  • 17-01-2021

An Old Friend

I have been waiting for this audiobook to become available. Lovely performances from Philip Madoc et al. In the current circumstances just what I needed to hear again.

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  • Ned
  • 11-02-2021

Superb

Really like this. Great cast led by Philip Madoc as Cadfael. What a shame there aren't more of these - it's a real gem.

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  • Ann Hughes
  • 22-03-2021

Very Enjoyable

I'm a fan of the cadfael stories. The radio plays are excellent and I enjoy
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  • Gertrude Perkins
  • 17-03-2021

...and about time too!

I first heard this production of Monk's Hood probably 25 years ago on story tape, and somewhere along the line lost it. I could never feel the thing for the TV series and consequently never considered buying the Derek Jacobi narrations. THIS however, is the real deal - an excellent cast lead by Philip Madoc, superb narrators in the form of Michaels Horden and Kitchen, plus atmospheric music to boot! I am delighted it's been rereleased now, and if you've listened to, or watched other versions, and even half enjoyed them, I confidently predict you will love this selection. A much-loved and long overdue production.

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  • BeDeBe
  • 21-04-2021

story comes alive

The stories are good. Philip Maddock is brilliant. He makes the tales come alive. A really enjoyable listen.

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