TV Armchair Thriller: A Dog’s Ransom (ITV 1978, Zena Walker) Published 3 years ago on May 28, 2016 In A Dog’s Ransom Edward and Gina Reynolds, who live in Chelsea, have been receiving threatening letters, then their dog is kidnapped and held to ransom. The pair reluctantly pay the ransom but the dog isn’t returned. Police Constable Clarence Duhamel decides to conduct an off duty investigation. His investigations lead him to the none too friendly elderly Polishman Kowajinski who manages to get Clarence suspended from the force by claiming he offered Duhamel a bribe to not take thiings further. Unwilling to let things go Duhamel ends up killing Kowajinski. One of the only Armchair Thrillers not to be an original work, A Dog’s Ransom is based on a novel by the fabulous Patricia Highsmith. In typical Highsmith fashion the story is more about the psychological motivations of the protagonists than the crime itself. The initial dognapping is seemingly only in the story line to bring in the character of Duhamel. There is a great little twist at the end though. production details UK / ITV Network – Thames / 6×30 minute episodes / Broadcast 7 – 23 March 1978 Writer: John Bowen / Novel: Patricia Highsmith / Script Executive: Joan Rodker / Story Editor: Robert Banks Stewart / Incidental Music: Roger Webb / Production Design: Peter Elliott / Producer: Jacqueline Davis / Director: Doanld McWhinnie Series: Armchair Thriller / Story 2 cast ZENA WALKER as Gina Reynolds BENJAMIN WHITROW as Edward Reynolds BRIAN STIRNER as Clarence Duhamel PAUL ANGELIS as Tom Choley LEON EAGLES as Kowajinski PRENTIS HANCOCK as Desk Sergeant SUSIE BLAKE as Marion Dowell MARYANN TURNER as Landlady FRANK DUNCAN as Announcer NEVILLE BARBER as Chief Supertintendent DAVID HARGREAVES as Ken Holbrook RAY ARMSTRONG as Duty Inspector IRENE SUTCLIFFE as Magistrate CHRISTOPHER REICH as Box LINAL HAFT as Cookson HAROLD REESE as Clerk of the Court PETRONELLA BARKER as Gillian RAYNER BOURTON as Jim STEVE BARRATT as Willis HERBERT NORVILLE as Ahmed PHILLIP POLLITT as Tommy DERRY JORDAN as Jacko FRANK WYLIE as Inspector Craig Armchair ThrillerBenjamin WhitrowITVJohn BowenLeon EaglesLinal HaftPatricia HighsmithPaul AngelisPrentis HancockRobert Banks StewartSusie BlakeThamesThrillerTVZena Walker Advertisement advertisement and this just in Episodes20 hours ago Big Texas Fix: Dream House (S1EP7 DIY Sat 25 May 2019) Dream House: Michael and Ashley stumble upon a pre-1900s Victorian home after doing some curbside dumpster diving, so they hit... Episodes20 hours ago Beachfront Bargain Hunt: Renovation – A Forever Home in Isle of Palms (S4EP8 HGTV Sat 25 May 2019) A Forever Home in Isle of Palms: A couple has made the decision to purchase a property in Cape San... Episodes20 hours ago Murder Decoded: Prowling Wolf (S1EP8 ID Sat 25 May 2019) Reports of shots fired at an apartment complex lead police to discover the bodies of a single mother and two... Episodes20 hours ago The Son: Hot Oil (S2EP5 AMC Sat 25 May 2019) Hot Oil: In 1852, Young Eli is forced hide a deadly secret; in 1916, Maria’s return brings devastating consequences for... Episodes20 hours ago Ransom: Story for Another Day (Season 3 Finale CBS Sat 25 May 2019) Story for Another Day: When Cynthia (Karen LeBlanc) and her younger brother, Tyler (Emmanuel Kabongo), are abducted by a criminal... search EPISODES Episodes20 hours ago Murdoch Mysteries: Annabella Cinderella (S12EP11 Ovation Sat 25 May 2019) Annabella Cinderella: Crabtree and John are transporting a convicted axe murderer to prison when she escapes to exact revenge on... Episodes20 hours ago Murdoch Mysteries: Six of the Best (S12EP12 Ovation Sat 25 May 2019) Six of the Best: Murdoch’s distressing childhood memories are evoked while investigating the death of an orphan under the care... Episodes20 hours ago From Friend to Fiancé (Hallmark Sat 25 May 2019, Jocelyn Hudon, Ryan Paevey) Jess Parks (Hudon) has a good job, great friends and a cool apartment in the city. She has it all,... advertisement MOVIES Movies2 months ago Shazam! | 2019 | Zachary Levi, Asher Angel A boy is given the ability to become an adult superhero in times of need with a single magic word.... Movies2 months ago Dumbo | 2019 | Colin Farrell, Michael Keaton A young elephant, whose oversized ears enable him to fly, helps save a struggling circus, but when the circus plans... Movies2 months ago The Man Who Killed Don Quixote | 2018 | Adam Driver, Jonathan Pryce Toby, a cynical advertising director finds himself trapped in the outrageous delusions of an old Spanish shoe-maker who believes himself... mytvtonight mytvtonight devoted to all things film and tv.