Public Eye: How About A Cup of Tea (ITV 13 Jan 1975, Richard Hurndall)

How About A Cup of Tea. After a spell in hospital following a beating whilst investigating a horse doping scandal. Frank is severely depressed and seriously considering giving up the private enquiry business. A case offered up by Detective Inspector Percy Firbank could give him just the impetus he needs to get back on track.

One of the interesting things about Public Eye is the way that it quite often took Frank out of his comfort zone, whether that be moving him to a new area or in the extreme case of sending him to prison and there are some definite changes afoot here with the departure of Frank’s only real friend Inspector Firbank (heading off to a new job in Reading) and the arrival of fellow private investigator Ron Gash who is keen to draw Marker into a “loose association” as he calls it.

Good to see Frank get a visit from former landlady and one time possible love interest Helen Mortimer. Frank is downright rude to her as it happens and the two don’t part on the friendliest of terms. Helen would clearly still like to see more of Frank is she could get close enough but in his depressed state there is no chance of that.

Production Details

Public Eye Season 7 Episode 2

UK / ITV – Thames / 1×60 minute episode / Broadcast Monday 13 January 1975 at 9.00pm

Writer: John Kershaw / Production Design: Mike Hall / Producer: Michael Chapman / Director: Bill Bain

Alfred Burke as Frank Marker
Gay Wilde as Nurse
Ray Smith as Percy Firbank
Pauline Delany as Helen Mortimer
Richard Hurndall as Priest
Hubert Rees as George
Helena McCarthy as Housekeeper
Robin Askwith as Employment Clerk
Peter Childs as Ron Gash
Richard Heffer as Phillips
Rosalind Ayres as Mrs Grant

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