Under pressure from a small boy who wants to spend his summer holiday there, Dame Beatrice Lestrange Bradley is persuaded to rent the estate, only to find that an unexplained violent death occurred there some two years previously and that the murderer has never been found. The police have a suspicion that they know his identity, but there is no proof.
The dead man was Thomas Dysey, a previous owner of the estate, but it is so impoverished that there seems no reason for supposing that the murder was committed by one of his relatives for gain, although, in the absence of all other conceivable motives, there seems no other cause for his death.
It turns out that he has an illegitimate son named Henry and a legitimate son, Bonamy. The former is debarred by his illegitimacy from inheriting, and the latter who got into disgrace in England, is said to have died abroad. This leaves Thomas Dysey’s wife and his twin brothers, one of whom has adopted the illegitimate son, and these have become the main suspects.
During the early part of Dame Beatrice’s tenancy, the castle appears to be haunted by a singing ghost, but his spectral nature is soon in doubt, as, twice a week, on Wednesday nights and Sundays, he steals food from the manor house pantry. The situation is further complicated by the fact that on Wednesdays and Saturdays the house and castle are thrown open to the customary half-crown visitors, one of whom may be the murderer.
The singing ghost appears to be exorcised when one of the dead man’s twin brothers is also murdered, and in precisely the same way. This presupposes that the murders are dynastic and that possession of the almost worthless property is the murderer’s ultimate aim. This is the police theory.
There is also a strong local rumour that the manor house once sheltered Jesuit priests during the time when the Catholic faith was proscribed, and that these left behind a treasure known as the Dysey Hoard. Nobody seems to know whether the treasure is still in existence or, if so, what form it takes, and Dame Beatrice tries to trace its history in the hope that this will shed some light on the two murders.
Two other possible suspects exist in the form of a woman whom one of the brothers has married, and her sister, who is Henry’s mother, but although these women could have murdered Thomas as an act of revenge for begetting Henry, there seems no reason why they should have killed the second brother. All appears to turn upon whether the legitimate son, Bonamy, is alive or dead. When he turns up, not only alive but married with a son of his own, the mystery of the two murders seems insoluble until Dame Beatrice tracks down the truth.
Nick Frost to play Captain Pugwash in Live Action Film
LIVE-ACTION CAPTAIN PUGWASH FILM CASTS NICK FROST IN THE TITLE ROLE
Atticus Pictures, Carnaby International and Co-Star Media team up to bring Britain's favourite pirate captain to a new generation.
LONDON, 17th May 2017: Nick Frost (Shaun of the Dead, Hot Fuzz, Paul and Snow White and the Huntsman) has signed on to play the infamous, bumbling and cowardly pirate, Captain Pugwash.
Captain Pugwash's creator, the late John Ryan, entertained three generations with hundreds of episodes of animated cartoons and two dozen best-selling books.
Pugwash is set in the Golden Age of Piracy. Cowardly con-artist Pugwash is put on a boat to Botany Bay but soon escapes and has the good fortune to find himself at the helm of The Black Pig on a mission to rescue Cabin Boy Tom's father who has been marooned on a volcanic island with a hoard of treasure protected by an army of angry ghosts. And if this didn't make things difficult enough for our diminutive hero, Pugwash soon finds he has the infamous pirate Cut-Throat Jake hard on his tail...
Jason Flemyng (Lock Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels, X-Men First Class and Snatch) will also be joining the Black Pig on its maiden voyage with other key casting announcements expected soon, most notably who will be playing Cut-Throat Jake.
Pugwash will be produced by Elliot Jenkins and Justin Johnson for Atticus Pictures, Andrew Loveday & Sean O'Kelly for Carnaby International and Jiang Jun for Costar Culture & Media.
Pugwash has been written and directed by two-time EMMY and Berlin Bear winner, John Hay, who has specialised in making family entertainment with credits such as There's Only One Jimmy Grimble and Stig of the Dump to his name. More recently he made Lost Christmas, starring Eddie Izzard for the BBC, winning himself and his producing partner, Elliot Jenkins, a second EMMY.
Co-Producer Justin Johnson says: 'Today's audiences are going to love our funny, fresh, indie take on Pugwash. It will be as if Peter Cook had run into Blackadder at a party, had a few too many rums and set off on a mad voyage together. In fact a lot of the time we think it will be adults who will be dragging their kids along to see what we've made of their childhood hero.'
Producer Elliot Jenkins continues: 'Nick just has funny bones and he's perfect to bring our pompous, cowardly, pugnacious, fun-loving hero to life. What's more I know he wants to give the role a really fresh, modern spin.'
Nick Frost responds by saying: "I'm absolutely thrilled to be involved in this project. Besides Winston Churchill and Henry VIII, Captain Horatio Pugwash seems like a role I was born to play. I cannot wait to get going."
Chinese producers Costar Culture & Media will be financing with Carnaby International.
Captain Pugwash will be launched in Cannes with Tania Sarra selling for Carnaby International.
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