Murder Most Horrid (1991–1999)
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A Determined Woman 

A scientist brings her equipment home to start working on the time machine. But this causes friction at home with disastrous results.


James Hendrie


James Hendrie




Episode cast overview:
Dawn French ... Rita Proops / Rita Proops II
Jim Broadbent ... Selwyn Proops
Kathy Burke ... Helen
Caroline Blakiston ... Dr. Rachel Vine
Soo Drouet Soo Drouet ... Porter
Michael Sharvell-Martin Michael Sharvell-Martin ... Judge


Physicist Rita Proops is fired from her university job because her work (on a time machine) is too abstruse. She continues working at home, but ends up killing her none-too-bright husband in a fit of pique. After getting out of jail, it's up to her to perfect her time machine, go back in time, and stop the murder before it happens. Written by Balok-2

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Comedy | Crime | Mystery







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5 December 1991 (UK) See more »

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TalkBack Productions See more »
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The time-traveller's husband
8 April 2015 | by LejinkSee all my reviews

I must have watched the odd episode of Dawn French's black comedy-drama series "Murder Most Horrid", way back when it first came out but this is the only episode I remembered well enough to track down and watch again.

Probably that's got a lot to do with my loving almost anything relating to time-travel, especially the notion of circular time and the consequences of unforeseen events, concepts neatly fitted into this half-hour episode where things happen and things are said early on in the narrative which are initially puzzling but which are cleverly pulled together to deliver a neat, "...aahhh, so that's what that meant" ending.

Jim Broadbent steals the show from Ms French as her slightly dim, persevering but ultimately doomed husband given the runaround by his time-travelling wife. I dare say students of the Whovian and Trekkian laws of the perils of interfering with history could pick holes in the plot, but for me, it's just an acceptable Magoffin along the way of a witty and entertaining episode in this particular series.

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