New Scotland Yard: The Stone (ITV 25 Aug 1973)

In The Stone it seems everybody has something to hide when a civil servant is found dead in his flat. The man worked for the Central Office of Information and was discovered by a work colleague who removes some papers before Kingdom and Ward turn up.

Meanwhile Secker, the boyfriend of murdered man’s daughter Robin, is lying about how well he knew the victim.

The emphasis is very much on psychology of crime in The Stone. As Kingdom and Ward investigate it soon becomes clear there is the threat of blackmail over the homosexuality of the victim.

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Carolyn Courage who plays Robin has the best role, a nicely hippy-ish anti-police stance at the start and a world that is falling apart by the end.

production details
UK / ITV – London Weekend Television / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Saturday 25 August 1973 at 8.30pm

Writer: James Andrew Hall / Production Design: Bryan Bagge / Director: Bill Turner

Series: New Scotland Yard Season 1 Episode 10

John Woodvine as John Kingdom
John Carlisle as Alan Ward
Tom Criddle as Weston
Harry Walker as Rennett
Bay White as Mrs Hargreaves
John Grieve as Jameson
Richard Cornish as Secker
Adrian Shergold as P.C. Benson
Nicholas Willatt as Charles Lambert
Carolyn Courage as Robin
Noel Collins as Detective Inspector Jones
Stuart Fell as Frogman

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