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Who-Dun-It: Fall of a Goddess (S1EP4 ITV Tues 9 Sep 1969, Trisha Noble, Anthony Ainley)

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Who-Dun-It Fall of a Goddess ITV Anthony Ainley Trisha Noble

In Fall of a Goddess we are transported back to the 1930’s and an ocean liner travelling between New York and Southampton. When glamorous Hollywood film star Dolores Vail is found murdered, gentleman detective Jeremy Moon is determined to find out Who-Dun-It.

The episode was given a prestigious TV Times cover featuring star Trisha Noble, there was also a one page feature/interview with her inside. Noble was Australian born and arrived in London in the early sixties to make a career in pop, back then she was Patsy Ann Noble and had had a successful career down under since she was a little girl (both her parents were in Showbusiness). The article was quite downbeat with Trisha feeling that her career in the UK hadn’t quite gone the way she hoped, her singing career didn’t take off and she was talking of going to the States to try her luck there. She did just that a couple of years later, with quite a few guest spots on prominent shows throughout the 1970’s and 80’s.

The blonde bombshell character of Dolores was clearly based on Jean Harlow, from the clinging silk dress to the hairstyle, the setting was clever too. Gary Raymond again played Jeremy Moon (he appeared in five stories in the series altogether), Raymond is not as well remembered these days as fellow co-star Anthony Ainley but he was pretty popular during the sixties having appeared in Jason and the Argonauts and El CID and a lead role in US series The Rat Patrol.

production details
UK / ITV – ATV / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Tuesday 9 September 1969 at 9.00pm

Series: Who-Dun-It Episode 4 (of 13)

Writer: Bryan Cooper / Production Design: Anthony Waller / Director: Ian Fordyce

cast
Gary Raymond as Jeremy Moon
Eric Barker as Colonel Ritchie
Claire Nielson as Nurse Jane Kelly
Trisha Noble as Dolores Vail
Anthony Ainley as Paul Verrier
John Normington as Simon Vail
Mark Kingston as Mark Foster
Pippa Rowe as Nancy Foster
Roger Mutton as Lord Howard Stacey
Juliet Kempson as Sharon Winters
Anton Darby as Bill, The Steward
Kenneth Keeling as Captain Morris
Neville Marten as Barman
Barry Wilsher as Doctor