In A Family Affair Frank is asked by solicitor Mr Brown to look into the circumstances of Harriet Thorne, the long time housekeeper to Old Mr Knight. Following his death his sons have discovered that he has left a third of his estate to her.
Both brothers, John and Henry, firmly believe that Harriet may have put undue pressure on their father to be included in his will.
As Frank investigates he discovers that Harriet Thorne has built quite a portfoliio of property thanks to the fact that she has, for years, been borrowing money using Old Mr Knight’s house as collateral.
She also lets slip the fact that Old Mr Knight’s wife is not as dead as she is supposed to be and is living in Eastbourne.
Frank is also working on another case for Mr Brown, a dodgy divorce case in which Mrs Sullivan (played by Jenny Lee-Wright) can’t make up her mind whether to leave her husband or not.
UK / ITV – Thames / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Wednesday 3 January 1973 at 9.00pm
Writer: John Kershaw / Production Design: Mike Hall / Director: Douglas Camfield
Series: Public Eye Season 6 Episode 7
Alfred Burke as Frank Marker
Shirley Cooklin as Mrs Grey
Norman Henry as John Knight
Bernard Holley as Mr Brown
Jenny Lee-Wright as Mrs Sullivan
Nancie Jackson as Angela Knight
Carolyn Moody as Sally
Mark Johnson as Milkman
Ralph Michael as Henry Knight
Stephen Butler as Piano Student
Bay White as Mary Knight
Jack Le White as Newsagent
Peggy Ann Wood as Harriet Thorne