New Scotland Yard: Bullet in a Haystack (7 July 1973, Sam Kydd)


In Bullet in a Haystack William Radkin is shot dead through his sitting room window. There seems to be absolutely no motive for the killing. Meanwhile local uniformed police have pulled in notorious pickpocket Sammy whose latest haul includes a phone number that jut happens to Radkin’s home phone.

As the investigation continues a chance remark leads Ward and Kingdom to a fire that happened three years previously. One that led to two deaths. The trail leads to the husband of the fire victim, it’s also clear that he has another target in mind.

Another excellent guest appearance from the always reliable Sam Kydd as the pickpocket who “knows the law I do.” Frank Mills, another very familiar face, also appears. Despite not having any dialogue he has the pivotal role of the shooter.

classic quote
“If you stopped thinking out loud, if you kept your nose in the book. You might get promotion one day.” – Kingdom to Ward.

production details
UK / ITV – London Weekend Television / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast 7 July 1973 at 8.30pm

Writer: Don Houghton / Production Design: David Catley / Director: Bill Turner

Series: New Scotland Yard Season 3 Episode 3

John Woodvine as Kingdom
John Carlisle as Ward
Peter Miles as William Radkin
Sam Kydd as Sammy Cutler
John Malcolm as Sgt Lee
Colin Proctor as P.C. Fleetwood
Ken Halliwell as P.C. Gunter
Joy Stewart as Mrs Stone
Peter Williams as Mr Lester
Frank Mills as George Onslow
Patricia Denys as Joyce Ross
Stanley Stewart as Det Constable