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Based on Peter Lovesey's novel On the Edge, this British TV production is a comic variation on the old "exchange murder" device so beloved of writer Patricia Highsmith and filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock. Shortly after the end of WWII, old friends Antonia (Helen McCrory) and Rose (Fay Ripley) unexpectedly catch up with each other. Comparing notes, the ladies find that they're both mired in unhappy marriages. Since divorce is out of the question, Antonia and Rose enter into an agreement to do away with one another's husbands: In both cases, it will look like an accident, and how in the world could anyone find a link between the killings? Unfortunately, once the deeds are done, the "perfect" scheme begins to unravel thanks to Rose's cold feet and Antonia's eccentric approach to the art of murder. First seen in the U.K. on October of 2002, Dead Gorgeous was shown as part of the PBS anthology Mystery! on July 6, 2003. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi


Helen McCrory
as Antonia Ashton
Fay Ripley
as Rose Bell
Ron Cook
as Hector
Lloyd Owen
as Vic
Jonny Phillips
as Wing Cmdr. Barry Bell
Dermot Crowley
as Mr. Smart
Michael Mueller
as Det. Sgt. Painter
David Schaal
as Constable
Fidelis Morgan
as Asst. Registrar
Alan David
as Mr. Greeley
Edward Lyon
as Coroner
Gerard Bell
as Jury Foreman
Max Harvey
as Male Witness
Cheryl Hall
as Female Witness
William Hoyland
as Sr. Civil Servant
Dominic Coleman
as Workman
Pip Torrens
as Rex Ballard
Myles Hoyle
as Rev. Mason
Linda Spurrier
as Mrs. Mason
Peter Waddington
as Mr. Barden


Barney Reisz
Jacquie Glanville
Peter Lovesey
Book Author
Simon Kossoff
David Rees
Eileen Diss
Production Designer
Paul Ghiradani
Art Director
Rebecca Eaton
Executive Producer
Charles Elton
Executive Producer
Howard Burden
Costume Designer

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