Sleuth, 1972



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Dorchester South: Rail from London Waterloo. Athelhampton House and Gardens are five miles east of Dorchester.


Writer Anthony Shaffer also wrote The Wicker Man and adapted the novel Goodbye Piccadilly, Farewell Leicester Square, for Alfred Hitchcock, as Frenzy

Sleuth location: Athelhampton House, Dorset

Sleuth location: Laurence Olivier's country estate: Athelhampton House, Dorset

Trust nothing in this adaptation of Anthony Shaffer's acclaimed stage thriller. OK, it remains a little stagey, but it's a twisting treat as Shaffer twists the traditional country house murder mystery into a class war showdown. It's a great – if unusual – cast, and Shaffer is the man who wrote The Wicker Man (the original, that is).

The country estate of the aristocratic Andrew Wyke (Laurence Olivier) is Athelhampton House and Gardens (although the interior was recreated at Pinewood Studio).

One of England’s finest medieval houses, Athelhampton was built in 1485 on the site of King Athelstan’s palace, and encircled by the River Piddle. It’s about a mile east of Puddletown on the A35 Dorchester-Bournemouth road, Dorset in the West Country, and open to the public.

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