New Scotland Yard: Come-Back (ITV 13 Apr 1974)

In Come-Back, the opening episode of the fourth season, there are some major changes for the series. Gone are Kingdom and Ward and in their place are Detective Chief Superintendent Clay and Detective Sergeant Dexter. Their first case takes them to the West Country to investigate the murder of a Borstal boy who has been killed whilst on day release. Chief among the suspects are his parents.

New season, new cast, same theme tune and title sequence. Season three closed with a story from P.J. Hammond and season four opens with one. There is no introduction to the new boys just straight into the story.

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To be honest there is not a great deal of difference between the new detectives and Kingdom and Ward but publicity for the time focused on the fact that Clay and Dexter would have more of a father son mentoring relationship.

classic quote
“silly question”
“sorry Sir, I do brighten up as the day goes on.”

production details
UK / ITV – London Weekend Television / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Saturday 13 April 1974 at 8.30pm

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Writer: PJ Hammond / Production Design: John Wood / Director: Philip Casson

Series: New Scotland Yard Season 4 Episode 1

Michael Turner as Detective Chief Superintendent Clay
Clive Francis as Detective Sergeant Dexter
Charles Bolton as Brian Munday
Geoffrey Todd as Borstal Officer
John Hughes as Headmaster
Richard Davies as Mr Roper
Julia McCarthy as Mrs Roper
Anna Barry as Mrs Jarrow
Ellis Dale as Jarrow
Bruce Bould as Roy
Elissa Derwent as Marilyn

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