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The Intruder: The Stranger (Series Premiere ITV Sun 2 Jan 1972, Milton Johns, Sheila Ruskin)

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The Intruder ITV 1972 James Bate Sheila Ruskin

In The Stranger, the opening episode of teen drama The Intruder, teenage sand pilot Arnold Haithwaite has a job guiding people across the estuary on the sands of Cumberland. He meets June Ellison who is spending her summer holidays in the area. However the arrival of a stranger looks set to upset Arnold’s whole world. Especially as the stranger also claims to be Arnold Haithwaite.

A mysterious air for the opening episode, Milton Johns as Sonny the stranger, always managed to project an air of creepiness when playing roles like these.

production details
UK / ITV – Granada / 1×25 minute episode / Broadcast Sunday 2 January 1972 at 5.35pm

Series: The Intruder Episode 1 of 8

Writers: Mervyn Haisman, Peter Plummer / Production Design: Peter Caldwell

cast
James Bate as Arnold Haithwaite
Jack Woolgar as Ernest Haithwaite
Milton Johns as Sonny
Sheila Ruskin as Jane Ellison
Simon Turner as Peter Ellison