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Mystery!; Life and Crimes of William Palmer, The

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Life and Crimes of William Palmer, The
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Premiered in 1980 -- offshoot of MASTERPIECE THEATRE. Showcase for the best of British drama in the mystery genre. Current producer, Rebecca Eaton. See individual episode titles for more information. Host: 1980: Gene Shalit; 1981-1989: Vincent Price; 1989-present: Diana Rigg Series release date: 1980

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To members of the polite, Victorian society in which he moved, Dr. William Palmer (Keith Allen, "Martin Chuzzlewit") was a respectable small-town physician and racehorse owner. Few guessed that he had a dark, evil side: a murderer who had killed his wife, brother, mother-in-law and other members of his family.

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Eaton, Rebecca (Series Producer)
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