The Mystery of Edwin Drood

The Mystery of Edwin Drood

Series 1 - Episode 1



The Mystery of Edwin Drood is a curiosity known more for being Charles Dickens’s last, unfinished novel than for its dark story of drug-fuelled sexual jealousy and murder. Though, oddly, it became a musical.

In Gwyneth Hughes’s 2012 adaptation, Matthew Rhys (Mr Darcy in this Christmas’s Death Comes to Pemberley) is  restless, opium-addicted choirmaster John Jasper, who develops a fixation for the winsome Rosa, fiancée of his nephew, Edwin.

There’s an atmosphere of barely controlled simmering violence as people lurk in sepulchral shadows and brood. In fact everyone looks shifty and beetle-browed and there are fantasy sequences as Jasper, off his face, has the same thrilling nightmare about killing the foppish young Edwin (Freddie Fox). Concludes on Monday 30 December at 10pm.


Psychological thriller based on Charles Dickens' unfinished final novel. Choirmaster John Jasper is a troubled man, frustrated by his life in the claustrophobic cathedral town of Cloisterham, addicted to opium as he seeks to expand his horizons and obsessed with the 17-year-old Rosa. The only thing standing between him and the girl is his own nephew, Edwin Drood. Matthew Rhys, Tamzin Merchant and Freddie Fox star in the first of this two-part adaptation.

Cast & Crew

John Jasper Matthew Rhys
Princess Puffer Ellie Haddington
Rosa Bud Tamzin Merchant
Edwin Drood Freddie Fox
Rev Crisparkle Rory Kinnear
Miss Twinkleton Janet Dale
Mrs Crisparkle Julia McKenzie
Durdles Ron Cook
Mayor Sapsea Ian McNeice
Helena Landless Amber Rose Revah
Neville Landless Sacha Dhawan
Mr Grewgious Alun Armstrong
Deputy Alfie Davis
Schoolgirl 1 Naomi Sheldon
Schoolgirl 2 Eleanor Yates
Maid Josie Farmiloe
Director Diarmuid Lawrence
Executive Producer Anne Pivcevic
Producer Lisa Osborne
Writer Gwyneth Hughes
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