1990: Witness (BBC-2 24 Oct 1977, with Patricia Garwood)

In Witness, Dr Vickers, now safely in America, is doing his best to spread the word about the harsh conditions back in Britain and making speeches on television. His wife and daughrer are still languishing in Britain. Unfortunately for Kyle some of the things he says about the man who helped him get out of the country could possibly point the PCD in the direction of Kyle. It enough Skardon to determine to bring Kyle down once and for all.

When the PCD raid Kyle’s home we also get to meet the not seen so far Mrs Kyle. The home search is too much for Kyle’s son Bevan who takes his father’s shotgun and threatens the PCD men.

Kyle rushes home with Dave Brett of whom we also learn a bit more background, he’s a prominent import/export official and is actually quite valuable to the government. So much so that he is able to get the PCD men to pull back on their ransacking of Kyle’s house.

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Things get murkier when Skardon arranges for Delly to visit America – with a deal for Vickers. His wife and daughter will be allowed out of the country if he returns back to Britain and testifies against Kyle. He agrees, his family are allowed to leave, but the PCD have reckoned without the fact that Vickers is now a US citizen and is free to leave whenever he wants. Naturally he refuses to implicate Kyle.

Patricia Garwood plays Mrs Kyle, oft mentioned but previously never seen.

classic quote
“Our pens aren’t mightier than their swords, they’re bloody water pistols.”

production details
UK / BBC Two / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast 24 October 1977

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Writer: Wilfred Greatorex / Production Design: Rochelle Selwyn / Director: Alan Gibson

Series: 1990 Season 1 Episode 7

Edward Woodward as Jim Kyle
Robert Lang as Herbert Skardon
Barbara Kellermann as Delly Lomas
Tony Doyle as Dave Brett
Paul Hardwick as Faceless
George Murcell as Greaves
Clifton Jones as Henry Tasker
Peter Myers as Bingham
Mark Heath as Paul
Michael Cashman as Technician
Donald Gee as Dr Vickers
George Murcell as Greaves
John Savident as Dan Mellor
Michael Napier Brown as Nichols
Honor Shepherd as Marly
Patricia Garwood as Maggie Kyle
Jonathan Scott-Taylor as Bevan
John Bennett as Prosecutor
Yvonne Gilan as Defence Counsel
Clifford Mollison as Chairman
Terry Walsh as PCD man
Alan Harris as PCD man

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