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 Episodes2 hours ago Miracle Workers: 12 Days (TBS Tues 26 Feb 2019) 12 Days: A troublesome human complicates Craig and Eliza’s plan, while Sanjay attempts to burnish his credentials. With Steve Buscemi,... Episodes2 hours ago Teachers: The Final Robe (TV Land Tues 26 Feb 2019) The Final Robe: Ms. Bennigan has two spots left in her bridal party and the three remaining teachers compete to... Episodes2 hours ago Food Truck Nation: Smoked, Stuffed and Frozen Finds (S1EP8 Tues 26 Feb 2019 on Cooking) Chef Brad Miller visits a food truck in Orange County that has its own custom smoker onboard, then he tries... Episodes2 hours ago The Rookie: Plain Clothes Day (S1EP14 ABC Tues 26 Feb 2019) Plain Clothes Day: The rookies are really put to the test when their training officers accompany them out of uniform... Episodes2 hours ago Hometown Homicide: Local Girl Gone (S1EP2 ID Tues 26 Feb 2019) Local Girl Gone: When 15-year-old high school freshman Danielle Locklear, of Hope Mills, N.C., went missing in March 2014, her... search EPISODES Episodes2 hours ago Married at First Sight: One Month Down, Forever to Go? (S8EP10 Lifetime Tues 26 Feb 2019) One Month Down, Forever to Go?: After reaching their one-month anniversaries, the couples learn more about themselves through their love... Episodes2 hours ago The Gifted: oMens (Season finale – S2EP16 FOX Tues 26 Feb 2019) oMens: Reeva prepares to carry out her plan for the Inner Circle, but not everyone is on the same page.... Episodes2 hours ago The Doorbell Rang Twice airs Tues 26 Feb 2019 on ID When three masked men break into the home of two newlyweds, it ultimately tests their courage in a night of... advertisement MOVIES Movies2 weeks ago Private Worlds (Paramount 1935, Charles Boyer, Claudette Colbert) Charles Boyer stars as the new superintendent of a progressive mental hospital. His apparent coldness first arouses resentment among the... Movies2 weeks ago Yucatán (2018, Luis Tosar, Stephanie Cayo) In farcical comedy Yucatán a pair of white collar thieves compete fiercely against each other trying to steal from an... Movies2 weeks ago The Breaker Upperers (Netflix Fri 15 Feb 2019, Jackie van Beek, Madeleine Sami) Two women run a business breaking up couples for cash but when one develops a conscience their friendship unravels. production... MY TV TONIGHTWhat's on and when. Broadcast, cable and streaming... BRITISH FILM 1930-1990The Viewer's Guide to British Film 1930-1990 Indepth guide to six decades of cinema in the UK.