Murder Must Advertise is, perhaps, the most entertaining of the five Lord Peter Wimsey videos now available to the public. Lord Peter goes undercover as Death Breedon to take a job as a copywriter for Pym's Advertising Agency to help Mr. Pym discover if foul play caused the death of Victor Dean, an employee of the agency. As Death Breedon Lord Peter shows his comic side as he obviously enjoys having fun with the various employees at Pym's. But more often than not there is purpose behind the humor as Lord Peter carefully sifts through a variety of clues and determines that Victor Dean was, indeed, murdered. Catching the killer is not so easy and draws Lord Peter into the world of the drug dealing de Momerie crowd. His various encounters with Dian de Momerie are highlights of the video.
Ian Carmichael was born to play Lord Peter. Add to that statement the obvious care with which Carmichael prepares for each scene and you have always in each video of the series a carefully orchestrated and meticulously delivered performance.
I now own two DVD versions of this series and wish I had been able to purchase the entire series in that format. As a bonus in the two DVDs that I do own, Ian Carmichael is interviewed and talks about his career and his work portraying Lord Peter. I would have liked for the interview to be longer, but it appears as if the producers cut the interview into parts to put into the various titles of the series.
In any format, I can highly recommend Murder Must Advertise along with each of the remaining titles in this series which is now complete.