In A Memory of Time Past James is waylaid at the theatre by Lord Cranford. He invites him to dinner with two of his colleagues. There is an ulterior motive of course – they want Hadleigh to try and persuade an old family friend, Captain Robert Kershaw, to think twice about the memoirs he is about to publish. One indiscreet chapter could spell trouble for one rising politico.
It’s not the sort of thing James would normally like to get involved with but he agrees to speak to Kershaw about the book. After reading the manuscript Hadleigh agrees that Kershaw should publish as is.
When Hadleigh gets a message from Kershaw’s former doctor that Kershaw is to be admitted to a nursing home because his faculties are impaired he is furious knowing the old man is being set up.
An excellent episode, in the end it is Kershaw’s wife who is the catalyst for having put into the nursing home – she also spells out some home truths to Hadleigh about the kind of man Kershaw really is and how badly he has treated her over the years.
UK / ITV – Yorkshire / 1×50 minute episode / BroadcastTuesday 11 November 1969 ay 9.00pm
Writer: Michael J. Bird (credited without the J on screen) / Production Design: Alan Pickford / Director: Peter Moffat
Series: Hadleigh Season 1 Episode 9
Gerald Harper as James Hadleigh
Gillian Wray as Susan Jackson
Ballard Berkeley as Lord Cranford
Patrick Waddington as General Sir Austin Ambler
Keith Campbell as Sir Nicholas Stimpson
Eric Lander as George Lovell
Barbara Couper as Lady Kershaw
Moultrie Kelsall as Captain Robert Kershaw
Robert Raglan as Dr John Fielding