New Scotland Yard: Ask No Questions (ITV 1 July 1972)

In Ask No Questions a young woman is murdered Kingdom and Ward’s investigation take them into a murky world of drop-outs and drug users.

A gruesome start with the body of a young found murdered and left on a rubbish dump. This is an unusually traditional murder mystery episode of New Scotland Yard, so far in this first season Kingdom’s cases have been a real mixed bag.

Like so many TV series of the era that dipped their toes into hippydom it’s a bit (lot) cliched especially the dialogue – “what’s the scene here, it’s really paranoid” etc but for all that it is a strong episode and there is a nice pay off at the end when the full story comes out.

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Interesting guest stars include a long haired David Horovitch, no not a hippy but usually seen with little hair; Liz Gebhardt best known as Maureen in Police Sir and excellent character actors Robert Gillespie and Tenniel Evans.

production details
UK / ITV – London Weekend Television / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Saturday 1 July 1972 at 7.00pm

Writer: Lewis Greifer / Production Design: David Catley / Director: James Ormerod

New Scotland Yard Season 1 Episode 11

John Woodvine as John Kingdom
John Carlisle as Alan Ward
Geoffrey Russell as Doctor
David Horovitch as Paul Freeman
Tenniel Evans as Jack Freeman
Madeleine Newbury as Audrey Freeman
Colin Rix as Detective Sergeant Bates
Robert Gillespie as Wilkes
Tony Aitken as Jake
Ziggy Byfield as Hank Westbury
Liz Gebhardt as Christine Beaumont
Simon Gough as Pete Harris
Jimmy Gardner as Mr Donovan
James Berwick as Gonzella
Sara Coward as Sandra Williams

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