A Game of Murder could be considered something of a sequel to the previous years Francis Durbridge Presents mystery A Man Called Harry Brent in so much as it features Gerald Harper once again as a Detective Inspector, this time though he is called Jack Kerry rather than Alan Milton.
The mystery surrounds the death of Kerry’s golfer father Bob who is found dead on the golf course. Kerry ran his own successful golfing supplies company and Jack is convinced his death is suspicious. He takes a leave of absence from the force to try and get to the bottom of things.
Original Radio Times Publicity 1966… Francis Durbridge has been called the creator of the television thriller serial. Such is his reputation that in the many countries where recordings of his BBC Television serials are shown, they are automatically assured of a vast viewing audience. When the six episodes of The Scarf were screened on six successive nights in Germany, so many people stayed home to watch that one incensed cinema manager tried to sabotage the serial by taking a full-page advertisement in a local newspaper and revealing the climax to the story. The effect was not quite what he had in mind; riot police had to be called out to control an angry crowd intent on wrecking both cinema and manager. A new Durbridge serial, then, is something of an event. The story of this latest one for BBC-2? Let’s just say that when once-famous athlete Bob Kerry is found dead on a golf course, his son Jack refuses to accept the coroner’s verdict of death by misadventure. As a Detective Inspector on leave he is able to devote his time to following up his suspicions, and in the process he discovers the secrets of his father’s private life – discoveries which guarantee six suspenseful Saturdays as A Game Of Murder is played out to its last startling twist. Says Alan Bromley, producing his tenth Francis Durbridge serial for BBC Television: “This is Durbridge at his best. I think it will have the same impact as Melissa”. And there could be no stronger recommendation than that.
UK / BBC Two / 6×25 minute episodes / Broadcast 26 February – 2 April 1966
Writer: Francis Durbridge / Story Editor: Roger Parkes / Production design: Roy Oxley / Producer and Director: Alan Bromly
Series: Francis Durbridge Presents Season 5 Episodes 1 – 6
Gerald Harper as Detective Inspector Jack Kerry
June Barry as Cathy White
David Burke as Detective Inspector Ed Royce
John Harvey as Charles Bannister
Christopher Wray as Douglas Croft
Conrad Phillips as Chief Superintendent Bromford
Diana King as Iris Bannister
Murray Hayne as Rupert Delaney
Dorothy Frere as Freda Lincoln
Lesley Carole as Liz Mason
Peter Copley as Norman Penn
John Carlin as Leonard Lincoln
Clochemerle (BBC-2 1972, Cyril Cusack, Roy Dotrice)
Period sitcom, based on a novel by Gabriel Chevallier that was adapted by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, that saw the French villagers of Clochemerle kick up a fuss over plans to install a new toilet.
CYRIL CUSACK as Major Piechut
ROY DOTRICE as Ponosse
KENNETH GRIFFITH as Ernest Tafardel
WENDY HILLER as Justine Putet
HUGH GRIFFITH as Alexandre Bourdillat
BERNARD BRESSLAW as Nicholas the Beadle
MADELINE SMITH as Hortase Girodet
GEORGINA MOON as Rose Biraque
PETER USTINOV as Narrator
Writers: Ray Galton, Alan Simpson
Novel: Gabriel Chevallier
Producer: Michael Mills
Network and Production Companies: BBC Two – Bavaria
Duration: 9×30 minute episodes
Aired From: 18 February – 14 April 1972 Fridays at 10.05pm
Clairvoyant, The (BBC-2 1986, Roy Kinnear, Sandra Dickinson)
In Roy Clarke penned sitcom The Clairvoyant used car salesman Arnold Bristow is knocked down in a car accident and suddenly finds himself with psychic powers – or so he believes. There was a pilot broadcast 27 Nov 1984.
ROY KINNEAR as Arnold Bristow
SANDRA DICKINSON as Lily
HUGH LLOYD as Burma
SHAUN CURRY as Newton
GLYNIS BROOKS as Dawn
CARMEL CRYAN as Carmen
Writer: Roy Clarke
Producer and Director: Alan J.W. Bell
Network and Production Companies: BBC-2
Duration: 6×30 minute episodes
Aired From: Pilot – 27 November 1984 and Series – 15 May – 19 June 1986
Christmas Princess (UP 2017, Nicole Munoz, Zak Santiago)
Christmas Princess is the true story of Donaly Marquez who, through a childhood of neglect and abuse, achieved her dream of becoming a rose bowl princess. An inspirational story of resilience, strength and finding a family to call your own.
Nicole Muñoz as Donaly Marquez
Rosa Blasi as Sara
Zak Santiago as Ignacio Marquez
Olivia Steele Falconer as Emily Marquez
Jaedon Siewert as Abraham Marquez
Lina Renna as Young Donaly
Paloma Kwiatkowski as Chloe
Ty Wood as Trent
Pendo Muema as Monique
Kalyn Miles as Maria
Kaaren de Zilva as Roberta
Garfield Wilson as Dr. Miller
Clay St. Thomas as Judge #1
Patti Allan as Judge #2
Natalie von Rotsburg as Judge #3
Director: Allan Harmon
Writer: Tracy Andreen
Network and Production Companies: UP
Duration: 1×120 minute episode
Aired From: Sunday 10 December 2017
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