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Scotland Yard: The Grand Union Case (Merton Park 1961, Russell Napier)

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One of the half hour second feature Scotland Yard cases introduced by the fab Edgar Lustgarten, here Inspector Duggan of the Yard is called in when parts of a body are discovered in the grand union canal.

Watch out for a small and rare straight role from Wilfred Brambrell as a police pathologist. It also offers up a brilliant glimpse into how times have changed with its visit to a tattoo parlour.

The opening narration for the episode went thus “London, greatest city in the world and home of the oldest democracy. A city whose world wide reputation for honesty and integrity is firmly based on a thousand years of the rule of law. Enforced and safe guard by a police force whose head quarters is as well known as London itself. Scotland Yard.”

UK / Merton Park Studios / 30 minutes / 1961

Writer: James Eastwood / Producer: Jack Greenwood / Director: Peter Duffell

cast
EDGAR LUSTGARTEN as Narrator
RUSSELL NAPIER as Superintendent Duggan
HOWARD PAYS as Sergeant Adams
WILFRED BRAMBELL as Dr Stanton
TOMMY GODFREY as Small
CHRISTINE LANDER as Mrs Effie Smaller
WILLIAM LYON-BROWN as Pearce
JOHN SERRET as Lemaitre
DIANA LAMBERT as Sgt Betty Barnes
MICHAEL LOGAN as Mr Fowler
DICKIE OWEN as Parriss
JOHN MOORE as Botonist
KENNETH J. WARREN as Brown
ROSE ALBA as Colette
VICTOR CHARRINGTON as Uniformed Inspector
JOAN WEATHERLEY as Woman in Hotel