In Man of Iron a pair of tearaways staying at a halfway house called The Tulip Tree, are causing major trouble. Their shenanigans get progressively more aggressive until it leads to murder.
A pretty slight episode it has to be said. Much is given over to the two tearaways Henk and Paul getting up to mischief. There are a couple of well known faces popping up two. A young Philip Sayer who would have a few prominent roles in the 1980’s, plays Paul whilst Dennis Blanch from Strangers plays a cop who is attack by Henk and Paul. Meanwhile Morris Perry puts in another in his repertoire of unlikeable characters. He is more than a good actor but always seems to play an authority figure whose demeanour borders of arrogance.
Good to see an appearance from Strobos too, now promoted to detective.
UK / ITV – Thames / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Monday 3 October 1977 at 9.00pm
Writer: Michael Chapman / Director: William Brayne
Series: Van der Valk Season 3 Episode 5
Barry Foster as Van der Valk
Joanna Dunham as Arlette
Nigel Stock as Samson
Jon Morrison as Henk
Philip Sayer as Paul
Morris Perry as Pastor Weevers
Michael Da Costa as Doff
Edward Burnham as Jakob Mertens
Robin Parkinson as Hotel Receptionist
Dennis Blanch as Patrolman
Alex Linstead as De Jong
Eric Francis as Old Gardener