The Trial of Elizabeth Gadge

Series 2 - Episode 3 The Trial of Elizabeth Gadge

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Review

We’re back in the 17th century for the trial of Elizabeth Gadge (Mike Leigh favourite Ruth Sheen), an old crone accused of witchcraft by her own flesh and blood. The trial bodes well for local bigwig Sir Andrew Pike (David Warner), keen to attract visitors to the dismal village of Little Happens, whose sole attractions hitherto have been the green, a duck and a bench. Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton play dual witchfinders, Mr Warren and Mr Clarke. (See what they did there?)

The loose anthology format certainly allows them to indulge their passions and peccadillos, here mining the Vincent Price classic, Witchfinder General, for flavour and chuckles. From the start, the arch performances call to mind a League of Gentlemen sketch where they dismissed a DVD movie for having “too much actinggg”, but this dark tale soon works a devilish spell.

Summary

Two of England's most notorious and feared witchfinders are summoned by Sir Andrew Pike to the unassuming village of Little Happens to try a defenceless old woman. Elizabeth Gadge stands accused of consorting with the Devil and will be burnt at the stake if she is found guilty by Mr Clarke and Mr Warren - while for the locals it is the most exciting event since the business of the escaped cow. Comedy, written by and starring Steve Pemberton and Reece Shearsmith, with David Warner, Paul Kaye and Ruth Sheen.

Cast & Crew

Mr Clarke Steve Pemberton
Mr Warren Reece Shearsmith
Sir Andrew Pike David Warner
Sarah Nutter Sinead Matthews
Thomas Nutter Jim Howick
George Waterhouse Trevor Cooper
Richard Two-Shoes Paul Kaye
Elizabeth Gadge Ruth Sheen
Director Dan Zeff
Producer Adam Tandy
Writer Steve Pemberton
Writer Reece Shearsmith
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Comedy