In April 2005, Richard Armitage appeared in ITV's murder mystery drama, Malice Aforethought.
The drama is based on Francis Iles' 1931 novel of the same name. It's set in a picturesque English village - as all the best murder mysteries are - and tells the story of the local doctor, Edmund Bickleigh (Ben Miller). Married to a relentlessly domineering older woman, Bickleigh finds solace in the arms of the ladies of the village, in particular, Ivy Ridgeway and newcomer Madeleine Cranmere. When Madeleine refuses to be his mistress, wanting marriage instead, he decides the best course of action is to poison his wife. But one murder is never enough...
"It was not until several weeks after he had decided to murder his wife that Dr. Bickleigh took any active steps in the matter." 
The fun is in watching Bickleigh trying to get away with the murder. And fun it is - it's an enjoyable romp, set in a world of garden parties, croquet and tennis on the lawn, sex in the summer-house, 1920s frocks and eccentric village characters. But as Richard Armitage says, there's a thread of something a little darker running through it.
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