Clouds of Witness, CD-Audio
4 out of 5 (1 rating)


Ian Carmichael stars as Lord Peter Wimsey in this BBC Radio 4 full-cast dramatisation.

In a shocking scandal, the like of which has not been seen in the English aristocracy since the eighteenth century, Lord Peter Wimsey's elder brother the Duke of Denver stands accused of murder.

Lord Peter is determined to prove his brother's innocence, yet finds him strangely uncooperative.

Furthermore, other family members apparently oppose Peter's attempts to get to the truth.

His sister, Lady Mary, seems to know more than she is letting on - could the Duke be protecting her?

In collaboration with Inspector Parker, Wimsey slowly uncovers a web of lies and deceit within his own family, and finds himself faced with the unhappy alternative of sending either his brother or his sister to the gallows.

Until he himself becomes a target...Patricia Routledge plays the Dowager Duchess in this classic dramatisation, alongside Maria Aitken as Lady Mary and Miriam Margolyes as Mrs Hardraw.


  • Format: CD-Audio
  • Pages: 3 pages
  • Publisher: BBC Audio, A Division Of Random House
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9781846071492



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Like the first Sayers radioplay, Whose Body?, Clouds of Witness is well cast and well dramatised. I can't think of anything it left out or changed, from the original book, yet it was just as interesting and exciting to listen to it as to read the book the first time. Again, I'd forgotten how everything worked out, so I was surprised all over again.<br/><br/>I think it's perhaps a bit less funny than the first book, but there are still points that made me smile -- particularly the ending, and Parker's crush on Lady Mary. I'm really excited to listen to more of the series, actually. I think it's perfectly done.<br/><br/>In terms of the plot itself, it's a bit of a classic. A country house mystery, really.