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The Guardians: The Roman Empire (ITV 18 Sep 1971, with James Grout)

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In The Roman Empire Clare has arranged to see Christopher, it’s clear the pair still love each other but it seems like an impossible situation. Tom (and Clare) are still hiding out in Benedict’s flat, Christopher is concerned that, as the Prime Minister’s son, is being followed.

Meanwhile a middle aged has joined a cult like organisation that is devoted to releasing the self. Christopher has become concerned, he has a kind of watching brief for his father, looking into possible signs of unrest, about a spate of suicides, including a young girl setting fire to herself on Primrose Hill. He quickly discovers the deaths are linked to the cult.

We also learn that Norman is an in-the-closet homosexual and that he is also still suffering mini heart attacks. His christian name is revealed to be Dennis too.

production details
UK / ITV – London Weekend Television / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast 18 September 1971

Writer: John Bowen / Production Design: Colin Pigott / Director: Moira Armstrong

cast
Cyril Luckham as Sir Timothy Hobson
Derek Smith as Norman
Edward Petherbridge as Christopher Hobson
Gwyneth Powell as Clare Weston
Kathleen Michael as Patience
James Grout as Hobbs
Robert Morris as Inspector Arnold
John Rapley as Steve
Brian Badcoe as Major General Hawkins
Brian Worth as Major General Whittaker
Eric McCaine as Major Clarke
Kenneth Thornett as Industrialist
Richard Grant as T.V. Announcer
Elizabeth Adare as Ruth
Ann Gabrielle, Dennis Hayward, Emmett Hennessey, Diane Holt as Congregation