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The Lotus Eaters: Beside a Crooked Stile (S2EP4 BBC Two 29 Jul 1973, Susan Engel)

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Beside a Crooked Stile: “When two people whisper together in a corner they’re usually digging a well for a third one to fall into,” Erik Shepherd tells Sam Webber. As the masks come off Erik forms an unusual alliance.

Regular Cast: Ian Hendry (Erik Shepherd), Wanda Ventham (Ann Shepherd), Stefan Gryff (Captain Krasakis), Timothy Carlton (Gerald Mace), Godfrey James (Nicholson), Frank Duncan (Cotton)

Guest Cast: Maurice Denham (Nestor Turton), Ronald Howard (Doctor Dartington), Paul Maxwell (Sam Webber), Susan Engel (Imogen Lundqvist), Antony Stamboulieh (Nikos), John Horsley (Sir Hugh Russell), Calliope Petrohilos (Ariadne Mazonaki), Salvin Stewart

Writer: Michael J. Bird / Director: Viktors Ritelis

Airdate: 29 Jul 1973 on BBC Two

Series: The Lotus Eaters Season 2 Episode 4

Show Info: Drama series. English couple Erik and Ann Shepherd run a bar in Crete. As this slightly strange series progressed various secrets about their past, including the fact they were involved with the secret service, were revealed. Season one was sort of made up of 9 individual plays with each character getting a lead role whilst season two was more serialised and focusing on the Shepherd’s espionage exploits.