A Murder of Quality (film)

A Murder of Quality is a 1991 television film directed by Gavin Millar and a screenplay written by John le Carré, based on his 1962 novel A Murder of Quality ,[1] first screened on 10 April 1991 on ITV in the United Kingdom and shown in the United States of America on 13 October 1991 on the A&E network.

A Murder of Quality
Directed byGavin Millar
Produced byEric Abraham
Written byJohn le Carré
Based onA Murder of Quality
by John le Carré
StarringDenholm Elliott
Joss Ackland
Glenda Jackson
Billie Whitelaw
Diane Fletcher
David Threlfall
Christian Bale
Music byStanley Myers
CinematographyDenis Crossan
Edited byAngus Newton
Portobello Pictures
Thames Television
Distributed byITV (UK)
A&E (US)
Release date
10 April 1991 (UK)
13 October 1991 (US)
Running time
103 minutes
CountryUnited Kingdom
United States


George Smiley, at the request of his old wartime colleague Ailsa Brimley, investigates the murder of Stella Rode. A letter had previously come to Brimley from Rode detailing a plot supposedly by her husband, Stanley Rode, who teaches at Carne School, to kill her. Upon investigating, Smiley learns of many secrets that were kept by the victim, and one being that Terence Fielding, a house master at Carne, was being blackmailed by her due to past homosexual activities. Smiley solves the investigation when it is revealed that it was not Stanley Rode who murdered his wife, but Terence Fielding.



  1. ^ "A Murder of Quality". Masterpiece. pbs.org. Retrieved 13 September 2014.

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