Dirty Tricks

Synopsis: Dirty Tricks stars Martin Clunes, who plays an English tutor at an Oxford language school. Although Edward can be charming and thoughtful, this camouflages an underlying calculating liar and manipulator. And although things are going great financially for Edward at the moment, he is under suspicion by a local CID inspector after a couple of murders in the area. An innocent dinner invitation by his friend and his wife triggers a series of events which lead our hero Edward down a very precarious and hilarious path.
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Director(s): Paul Seed
  3 wins.
162 min


[Doorbell rings]

[Knock on door]

[Doorbell rings]

Have you tried the back?

Oh, no, sir.

I haven't.

Oh, shit!

I'm in a spot of bother

with the law.

In a minute, I'll try and

tell you how all this happened.

But just for now

I need to keep my head down.

There doesn't appear

to be anyone here, sir.

- Come back this afternoon.

Right, sir.

Do I look like a murderer'?

[Sighs ] Well, yes,

I suppose I do in this picture.

[ Beeping ]


Northwestern Bank.


Um, I'd like to transfer


to a bank in Malagrena in --

Name, sir'?


In South America.

No, sir, I was asking --

I'm sorry.

You want my name.

All this started when

I met Karen and Dennis Parsons,

Whose house this used to be.

They are both, I'm afraid,

no longer with us.

Isn't that lovely'?

Dennis chose that.


The first time I visited

number 9 Ramillies Drive

I was a penniless teacher

at a low-rent language school.

A nobody.

That explains

the whole business, really.

Now, while I make myself scarce,

will you listen to the tale of

how a nice young man like me

came to be wanted for murder'?

Ah, here he is.

Here he is.

Great Scott.

Come 'round, come 'round.

The funny thing was,

Karen -- Dennis's wife --

was absolutely not my type.


How did you meet

Karen and Dennis'?

At a Wine and cheese at the

language school where I teach.

Dennis does my boss's books.

I'm Dennis's partner,

Thomas Carter.

- Ah.

- I didn't catch your name.

Come on, now.

Get that down your neck, matey.

Yeah, it was his wine know-how

that impressed me,

not his dress sense.

Can't think how he does the

research on what Clive pays him.

Now, what do you think of that'?


Uh, yes and no.

I know what you mean.

Cabernet franc not sauvignon.

It's from the Loire definitely.

You've got Denny worried now.

-[ Laughter]

- Chinon'?

Oh, Bourgueil, in fact.

- Oh!

- But not bad. Not bad at all.

Very few people

can tell them apart.

[ Sniffs ]

You see, our mortgage

is endowment,

Whereas Thomas's is repayment.

Now, I have taken

a fixed-term loan to improve.

But, then, as I said earlier,

"What the hell,

I'm an accountant."

You say to me,

"What's two and two?"

And I say,

"What would you like it to be?"

[ Laughter]

But the good things of life,

as I see it --

Well, a nice home, for example.

[ Laughs ]

A good education.

Well, these things

all cost money.

Money is the bottom line.

What kind of mortgage

do you have'?

Uh, the nonexistent kind.

I've been teaching English

abroad for 15 years.

- Whereabouts?

- All over.

I ended up in a place called

Malagrena in South America.

All I brought back from there

was a distaste

for working after lunch.

[ Laughter]

Would you excuse me'?

You know, some of

the South American chardonnays

are coming up very nicely.

I don't know Whether you've

ever had the chance to taste

a really good

Chilean pinot noir.

[Music box playing]


Why do these horrible,

ignorant bloody people

earn more in a week

than I do in a month'?


[ Door locks ]



-[ Knock on door]


What happened

to the Beaumes de Venise'?

- On.


You've, uh, seen Karen'?


She went upstairs.

Oh, do I need to point Percy

at the porcelain.

Oh, absolutely not.

Dennis, can I have, um,

a word in private?

I think you should know

someone's been playing footsie

with me under your dining table.

Well, I don't think

it would be Thomas Carter.

I think Lyn would have let us

know if he had, uh, tendencies.

[ Laughs ]

He's rather keener on Karen.

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