Strangers: Accidental Death (ITV 26 June 1978)


In Accidental Death Linda goes undercover as a journalist on a local paper whilst Willis is posing as an assistant at the coroner’s office. It seems that the death of a prominent local journo in a supposed car accident may have suspicious overtones.

It quickly becomes obvious to both Doran and Willis that his death was no accident and that the coroner himself may be involved.

Another good villainous role for Doctor Who’s William Russell as the coroner who was being blackmailed by Smith the journalist.

Don Henderson’s Bulman isn’t in this episode, a passing remark by Willis letting us know that the enigmatic be-gloved Bulman is supposedly on leave suffering depression.

classic quote
“You’re new”
“Not all that new but the body work is in good condition.”

production details
UK / ITV – Granada / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Monday 26 June 1978 at 9.00pm

Writer: Brian Finch / Production Design: Alan Price / Director: Philip Draycott

Series: Strangers Season 1 Episode 4

William Russell as Bamford Harker
John Moore as Smith
John Ronane as Det Sgt Smith
Dennis Blanch as Det Con Willis
Frances Tomelty as Det Con Doran
Briony McRoberts as Cassandra Harker
Andy Abrahams as Swann
James Warrior as Murdoch
John Batty as Farrimond
Jean Rimmer as Mrs Smith
Reginald Marsh as Harrison
Emrys Leyshon as Wine Waiter
Yvonne Nicholson as Bank Clerk
Phil Corke as Forensic expert