Trust Me (Screen One BBC-1 1992, Alfred Molina, Hywel Bennett)

In the darkly funny Screen One drama Trust Me, Harry Greaves is something of a dreamer and inveterate liar. He is a barman who harbours ambitions of becoming an author, in fact he has written a book about his experiences as a “hitman”. Unfortunately the publisher he tries to place the book with is found dead and Harry is mistaken for a real hitman. Not only that he finds himself involved with a pair of very unsavoury characters.

Trust Me builds on one farcical moment after another, especially once real hit-men Ralph and Gordon arrive on the scene. The final twenty minutes are in fact completely hilarious. It’s brilliantly cast too with another stand out performance from Alfred Molina as Harry. Hywel Bennett and Jack Shepherd also have prominent roles. Many of the minor roles are played by familiar faces too.

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Jill Gascoine (Molina’s real life partner) also makes an appearance.

The script by Tony Sarchet is excellent and very funny.

production details
UK / BBC One / 1×79 minute episode / Broadcast 25 October 1992

Writer: Tony Sarchet / Music: Clever Music / Production Design: Donal Woods / Executive Producer: Richard Broke / Producer: Peter Goodchild / Director: Tony Dow

Series: Screen One Season 4 Episode 8

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Alfred Molina as Harry Greaves
Alphonsia Emmanuel as Col
Hywel Bennett as Ralph
Jill Gascoine as Vivien Empson
Jack Shepherd as Blake
Roger Lloyd Pack as Gordon
Edna Doré as Rose
Carol Starks as Catherine
Harry Towb as George Empson
Mike Grady as Duggan
Ian Targett as David
Peter Wingfield as Paul
Alan Palmer as Party Guest
Christopher Scoular as Brian
Conleth Hill as Neil
Yvonne O’Grady as Woman Customer
Derek Benfield as Man On Bus
David Simeon as Rambler
Charlie Creed-Miles as Danny
Paula Ann Bland as Prostitute
Francesca Ryan as Policewoman
Gabe Cronnelly as Waither
David Cronnelly as Uli
Vincent Keane as Geoff

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