In Breakaway – The Local Affair detective Sam Harvey, having solved the mystery of the death of his parents in The Family Affair, is sent to the town of Market Cross to investigate the murder of a young woman.
Harvey discovers shady businessman Scott Douglas may have been involved with the murder victim. In classic Durbridge style though there are plenty of other suspects to muddy the waters. Becky Royce has been lying about her whereabouts at the time of the murder, golf coach Freddie Galbraid also seems to have something to hide.
The Local Affair was the second of two stories by Durbridge featuring Martin Jarvis as Sam Harvey, broadcast one after the other. The first was called The Family Affair. Sadly this was Francis Durbridge’s last mystery for TV although he did write several more novels including a trio of Paul Temples and adaptations of the Breakaway stories and The Doll. He also wrote a quartet of stage plays. Durbridge died in 1998 not long after Alan Bleasdale had revived one of his most famous stories Melissa.
UK / BBC One / 6×30 minute episodes / Broadcast 22 February – 28 March 1980
Writer: Francis Durbridge / Music: Joe Griffiths / Producer: Ken Riddington / Director: Michael E. Briant
Series: Francis Durbridge Presents Season 10 Episodes 7-12
Martin Jarvis as Sam Harvey
Judy Geeson as Becky Royce
Vivien Merchant as Isabel Black
Ed Bishop as Scott Douglas
Edward Peel as Sergeant Holiday
David Collings as Doctor Tucker
William Marlowe as Giles Stafford
Paul Luty as Archie
Sandra Bryant as Rita Black
Miles Fothergill as Police Constable Mason
Michael Culver as Ernest Clifford
Gillian Rhind as Iris Smith
Eric Mason as Leonard
Margaret John as Elaine Wigmore
John Abineri as Detective Superintendent Sidney Hallam
Robert Morris as Freddie Garibaldi
Lynn Dalby as Jo Hathaway
Robert Morris as Freddie Galbraid