The Hanged Man: The Bridge Maker (ITV 1975, Ray Smith, James Maxwell)

In The Bridge Maker a trip to the Eastern Block turns into a disaster for Burnett, he is arrested and subjected to interrogation and accused of corruption on a grand scale, Alan will need to call on a very special mercenary friend to get Lewis out of this one.

A very Cold War episode this one, things not turning out overly well for Burnett until Crowe comes to the rescue. Ray Smith, that bluff northern character actor turns in a great Russian role here as the scheming Milcjek. We are also finding out a bit more about the sinister John Quentin who in each of the episodes has been trailing Burnett and Crowe on behalf of some unseen adversary. He’s a mercenary who seems to want Crowe out of the way more than Burnett at times.

production details
UK | ITV Network – Yorkshire Television

RUNNING TIME: 60 Minutes | AIRDATE: 15 March 1975

WRITER: Edmund Ward | DIRECTOR: Tony Wharmby

Series: The Hanged Man / Episode Five of Eight

cast
COLIN BLAKELY as Lewis Burnett
MICHAEL WILLIAMS as Alan Crowe
JAMES MAXWELL as Leonid Frengel
GARY WATSON as John Quentin
RAY SMITH as Josef Milcjek
SUSAN BROWN as Anna Kreidner
DAVID DAKER as Piet Hollander
BETH MORRIS as Sue Harrington
JOHN F LANDRY as Turtle
GARETH HUNT as Eddie Malone
BILLY CORNELIUS as Grotzen

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