Shoestring: The Mayfly Dance (BBC-1 26 Oct 1980)

In The Mayfly Dance, when one of the DJs at Radio West sparks a revival of interest in 1960’s crooner Jody Brent, Don wants Eddie to try and find him. Jody apparently vanished into thin air years before but as Eddie digs into his whereabouts he discovers a veritable hornets nest involving Brent’s former manager, one of the Radio West lawyers and an 18 year old murder.

A “cold case” for Eddie here with his investigations into the missing Jody Brent leading him to solve a drowning from 18 years before. A great mix of serious mystery and some nice levity provided by Lance Percival as ageing DJ Jake Revere who is finding himself popular “with the kids” once more. Once again, as is the case with pretty much every Shoestring episode, the guest cast is excellent.

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classic quotes
“Now look Bootlace, in our business the music press either make you or break you.”
“I started out looking for a missing person and now i’ve got a murder on my hands”

production details
UK / BBC One / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast 26 October 1980 @ 9.05pm

Writer: Bill Craig / Production Design: Eric Walmsley / Director: Henry Herbert

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guest cast
MICHAEL CRAIG as Maurice Gilray
ANN BELL as Miriam Mitchelson
LANCE PERCIVAL as Jake Rivere
PETER BLAKE as Mike Frewin
PHILIP SAYER as Jody Brent
MICHAEL GOTHARD as Harry
MIRANDA BELL as Megan
JENNY COX as Vera
ERIC MASON as Truck Driver
BRENDA COWLING as Mrs Billington
OLIVER SMITH as Wiseman
LESLEY NORTH as Julia
NICHOLAS DONNELLY as Inspector
SHARON MAIDEN as Penny Billington
LESLEY WOODS as Young Vera
PETER VAUGHAN-CLARKE as Fred

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