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The Guardians: The Killing Trade (ITV 25 Sep 1971, with David Burke)



In The Killing Trade, the penultimate episode of the series, it’s becoming vitally imperative that Tom and Clare Weston are moved to a place of safety. The longer they stay at Benedict’s flat the greater the danger of discovery becomes. Not easy though as Tom is still unconscious.

The bulk of the episode consists of Clare and Eleanor talking to each other, either in the kitchen or in the lounge room. Somewhat surprising considering there is only one episode to go after this although the final ten minutes do lead towards some plot development, Clare gives Tom one of the suicide pills Benedict keeps a supply of. She admits she has no love for Tom but does feel pity.

production details
UK / ITV – London Weekend Television / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Saturday 25 September 1971 at 10.10pm

Writer: Jonathan Hales / Production Design: Bryan Bagge / Director: Derek Bailey

John Collin as Tom Weston
Gwyneth Powell as Clare Weston
David Burke as Frank Benedict
Lynn Farleigh as Eleanor Benedict