In Things That Go Bump Rupert’s agent Christopher buys a run down house in the country and is convinced he has seen a ghost there, he persuades the Wildes to spend the night in the place to find out if the place is haunted. All three of them end up getting a little more than they bargained for.
More akin to a Famous Five than a Hammer House of Horror and all the better for it but with a nice twist at the end that the ghost might just have been real. Good to see Marius Goring popping up as chief villain Rex too!
As always there are some nice comedic bits, especially when Rupert and Christopher have a game of table-tennis for a five pound wager. Christopher thinks he is in for an easy win but it turns out Rupert is a whizz on the table; Amy trying to tell a policeman what is going on and getting nowhere and an old friend of Christopher’s turning up announced and getting into an argument with Rupert (who utters “what a cow” as she departs) all very much tickle the funny bone.
Sean Arnold aka Chief Inspector Crozier from Bergerac pops up as an Henchman of Rex’s.
Amy: “Don’t you want to be a hero?”
Rupert: “Coward’s live a lot longer!”
UK / ITV Network – Yorkshire / 1×60 minute episode / Broadcast Tuesday 7 February 1978 @ 9:00pm
Writer: Philip Broadley / Production Design: Peter Caldwell / Director: Marc Miller
Series: The Wilde Alliance Episode 4 of 13
JOHN STRIDE as Rupert Wilde
JULIA FOSTER as Amy Wilde
JOHN LEE as Christopher Bridgewater
MARIUS GORING as Rex
SEAN ARNOLD as Bert
DONALD LAYNE-SMITH as Norman
LAURA GRAHAM as Angela
JANINA FAYE as The Girl
PETER BIRREL as Policeman