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Natural Causes (ITV 1988, George Cole, Prunella Scales)

Natural Causes

Based on a long running stage production Natural Causes is a mix of farce, thriller and poisoned rubber plants!

Starring George Cole, Prunella Scales and Leslie Ash, Natural Causes follows the misadventures of businessman Walter Bryce who has hired a company called Exodus who specialise in the “disposal” of your loved ones. Walter wants rid of his wife so he can marry his younger more attractive mistress but when “suicide merchant” Vincent turns up things get decidedly murky. Has he been hired by Walter or his wife Celia?

Part classic farce and part thriller Natural Causes was penned by the famed Eric Chappell who also gave us the superb Rising Damp. The plot twists and turns all over the place and keeps you guessing (and laughing) right to the end.

production details
UK / ITV – Yorkshire / 1×75 minute episodes / Broadcast 11 September 1988

Writer: Eric Chappell / Costume: Brian Castle / Producer and Director: Vernon Lawrence

cast
GEORGE COLE as Vincent
PRUNELLA SCALES as Mrs Boyce
BENJAMIN WHITROW as Walter Boyce
LESLIE ASH as Angie