The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Series 1 - Episode 2

The Mystery of Edwin Drood
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Radio Times
Review by:
Alison Graham

After an unprepossessing first episode, this suddenly springs to life to become a Dickensian thriller. Though it’s not The Bourne Identity, the pace dramatically picks up as embittered choirmaster Jasper (Matthew Rhys) weeps and moans in apparent torment after his terrible deed. But he’s a creep and a stalker, leering at Rosa (Tamzin Merchant) and trying to convince her that it is he, and not Edwin, who should be the love of her life. Naturally, horrified Rosa resists his bold advances.

Dickens’s novel was unfinished, but Gwyneth Hughes neatly ties together loose ends with a resolution that works well, even though it’s possibly a bit too tidy.

About this programme

2/2. Jasper awakes in the gatehouse and to his horror sees the black scarf wound tightly round his hands, reminding him of the murderous events of the night before. Despite his feelings of guilt, as the weeks pass he seeks solace in his passion for Rosa Bud - but as he begins to reach for his prize, the Rev Crisparkle and Bazzard are following a trail of evidence to the cathedral crypt that may yet seal the choirmaster's fate. Conclusion of the period thriller based on Charles Dickens' unfinished final novel, starring Matthew Rhys and Tamzin Merchant.

Cast and crew


John Jasper
Matthew Rhys
Rev Crisparkle
Rory Kinnear
Rosa Bud
Tamzin Merchant
Helena Landless
Amber Rose Revah
Neville Landless
Sacha Dhawan
Mr Grewgious
Alun Armstrong
David Dawson
Alfie Davis
Ron Cook
Mayor Sapsea
Ian McNeice
Mrs Crisparkle
Julia McKenzie
Princess Puffer
Ellie Haddington
Miss Twinkleton
Janet Dale
Josie Farmiloe
Omnibus driver
Edward Dogliani
Chris Twiselton


Diarmuid Lawrence
Executive Producer
Anne Pivcevic
Lisa Osborne
Gwyneth Hughes