New Scotland Yard: Death By Misadventure (ITV 27 Apr 1974, Michael Elphick)


In Death By Misadventure Dexter and Clay investigate a series of burglaries where all that is taken is various small pieces of Chinese porcelain. The case takes a turn for the deathly when a burglar is found dead in the conservatory of music promoter Joss Adrian. It quickly becomes apparent that Adrian may not be telling the police everything he knows.

Second appearance on the show for Michael Elphick, previously seen in season three episode Weight of Evidence as a bank robber – here he is very with it, sunglasses wearing indoors Adrian.

Clive Francis was featured in the TV Times tying in with this episode. It mainly concentrated on how he was going to avoid being typecast – something that happened to his father Raymond Francis who played Chief Supt Lockhart in long running series No Hiding Place.

New Scotland Yard Death By Misadventure

You can tell Michael Elphick’s Joss Adrian is cool – he’s wearing sunglasses indoors!

production details
UK / ITV – London Weekend Television / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Saturday 27 April 1974 at 8.30pm

Writer: Peter Wildeblood / Production Design: Barbara Bates / Director: Derrick Goodwin

Series: New Scotland Yard Season 4 Episode 3

Michael Turner as Clay
Clive Francis as Dexter
Esmond Knight as General Travers
Madoline Thomas as Mrs Travers
Peter Winter as Tim Hutchins
Miranda Bell as Jessie Travers
Cari Hedderwick as W.D.C. Forbes
Michael Elphick as Joss Adrian
Pam Scotcher as Rona Marsh
Dorothy Gordon as Mrs Hutchins
Suzan Farmer as Gail Galway
Nell Curran as Secretary
Margot Field as Lady in salesroom
Robert Swann as Ronnie Galway
Anthony Naylor as Ollie
Ray Barron as Len