UK / ITV Network – ATV – ITC / 1×75 minute episode / Broadcast 23 February 1974
Writer: Terence Feely / Story: Brian Clemens / Production Design: Stanley Mills / Director: Robert D. Cardona
Series: Thriller / Season 2 Episode 5
In Ring Once For Death American widow Laura Vallance spends some time in England, she hires butler Roger Masters who has fantastic references and seems to be the perfect butler but there is more to him than meets the eye, first he makes sure that Laura’s housemaid is sacked and then Laura herself falls ill. Is the butler out to kill her…
Another strong episode, Michael Jayston makes his first appearance in Thriller (he is also in the fabulous Coffin For The Bride) and right from the beginning, when we see him pulling the same routine on another woman, we know what is going on. Masters manipulates Vallance into thinking he is everything she needs but it’s murder he has in mind. Not sure what is going on with the over hair sprayed hair of Barry Nelson though!
A nice spin on the cliche of the Butler did it!
MICHAEL JAYSTON as Roger Masters
NYREE DAWN PORTER as Laura Vallance
BARRY NELSON as Hugo Fane
THORLEY WALTERS as De Ledworth
JANET KEY as Lisa
VICTOR WINDING as Detective Sergeant Rainer
CLARE SUTCLIFFE as Betty
RICHARD OLDFIELD as Piers Fane