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Crime of Passion (ITV 1970-1973, John Phillips)

Crime of Passion

Crime of Passion was an anthology series telling stories from the French courts where the defence of “crime of passion” can be used legitimately. Every episode opened with the build up to what led to the crime and the crime itself before moving into the courts for the trial itself.

Despite the anthology nature there were a few constants amongst the court room staff with Maitre Lacan acting for the prosecution and Maitre Saval for the defence.

Maitre Dubois was also a regular in the last batch of episodes and the president of the court was also a regular fixture. Lots of familiar faces, (including Felicity Kendal, Tessa Wyatt, Ralph Bates, Gemma Jones, Ann Bell, Peter Barkworth, Michael Kitchen, Deborah Watling, Martin Jarvis, Clive Francis, Rosemary Leach and Alfred Burke to name just a few) pop up throughout the show’s run of episodes.

Crime of Passion

production details
UK / ITV – ATV / x50 minute episodes / Broadcast 16 March 1970 – 15 October 1973

Creator: Ted Willis / Producers: Cecil Clarke, Robert D. Cardona (season 1), Ian Fordyce (seasons 3 and 4) (no producer listed for season 2) / Executive Producer: Cecil Clarke (season 2)

cast
John Phillips as Maitre Lacan
Anthony Newlands as President of Court
Daniel Moynihan as Maitre Saval

THE EPISODES
SEASON ONE 16 March – 27 April 1970
1. CATHERINE (16 Mar 70)
2. HELENE (23 Mar 70)
3. CELINE (6 Apr 70)
4. PIERRE (13 Apr 70)
5. NICOLE (20 Apr 70)
6. ALAIN (27 Apr 70)

SEASON TWO 15 June – 27 July 1971
1. CAMILLE (15 Jun 71)
2. CELESTINA (22 Jun 71)
3. OLIVER (29 Jun 71)
4. JUSTINE (6 Jul 71)
5. ROLAND (13 Jul 71)
6. LOUIS (20 Jul 71)
7. MAGDALENA (27 Jul 71)

Crime of Passion

Joanna Dunham and Brendan Price in season four opener Emile.

SEASON THREE 2 May – 15 August 1972
1. LINA (2 May 72)
2. DANIEL (9 May 72)
3. MODESTE (16 May 72)
4. JEAN-PAUL (23 May 72)
5. JANINE (30 May 72)
6. PAUL (6 Jun 72)
7. EMILIE (13 Jun 72)
8. MANON (20 Jun 72)
9. FELIX (18 Jul 72)
10. FLORENCE (25 Jul 72)
11. BAPTISTE (1 Aug 72)
12. CECILE (8 Aug 72)
13. THERESE (15 Aug 72)

SEASON FOUR 10 September – 15 October 1973
1. EMILE (10 Sep 73)
2. HENRI (17 Sep 73)
3. ORIANE (24 Sep 73)
4. GERARD (1 Oct 73)
5. CLAUDINE (8 Oct 73)
6. CHANTAL (15 Oct 73)





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