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THERE'S A NEW Lord Peter Wimsey this season on "Mystery." EdwardPetherbridge has taken over the monocle and spats in the televised versions of the Dorothy L. Sayers detective novels, a 10-part BBC series which began on Oct. 1 with "Strong Poison." (The series runs Thursdays at 9 on Ch. 21, Saturdays at 9 on Ch. 13.) As TV's most fastidious, dapper and elegant man about town, he's about as far away as you can get from my other favorite detective, Michael Torello of "Crime Story."
There is something wrong with this Bunter. Glyn Houston, who played Bunter to [Ian Carmichael] often seemed too active compared to the Bunter model in Sayers books. The new Bunter is too handsome, too young, too something. He also will take some getting used to.
THIS HARRIET Vane is a different kind of woman on TV: independent, fierce, difficult perhaps, but her own woman. Quite a role model. Unfortunately, Sayers, a leading feminist of the 1930s, kept having Wimsey turn up to actually solve the cases. [Vane] winds up, as the writer, being the Watson to Wimsey's Sherlock.