TV Armchair Thriller: High Tide (ITV 1980, Ian McShane, Kika Markham) Published 3 years ago on May 25, 2016 In the four part Armchair Thriller story High Tide Peter Curtis is fresh out of prison after serving a sentence for the manslaughter of a businessman called Maxwell who killed his dog. Curtis is on a road trip to the South Coast where he intends to buy a boat. Staying at a hotel Curtis is approached by a fellow guest, Matthews, who makes it plain he knows who he is and that he is a former colleague of Maxwell’s, the man is extremely keen to discover if Maxwell had any dying words. Curtis can’t recall at the time but later remembers Maxwell saying the words “High Tide”. Heading southwards Curtis picks up a hitch-hiker, Celia, who he discovers is working for Matthews he also meets novelist Cyril and his enigmatic wife Helen who Curtis is convinced knows more about what is going on than she is letting on. When Celia is later murdered he knows he faces a race against time to get to the bottom of what is going on. Very atmospheric and moody with an excellent central performance from Ian McShane who was extremely cool back in the seventies, very laid back and velvet voiced (an asset which features a lot in this voice over heavy production) and some interesting guest appearances too from the likes of John Bird, Terence Rigby and Kika Markham. Anna Fox who has a small role in episode one played Brian Hammond’s semi love interest in a couple of the early seasons of The Brothers. There is quite an interesting dynamic with Curtis and the women he encounters especially Celia and later Helen who is married to novelist and birdwatcher Cyril. He falls heavily for both of them and in the end you feel he has been completely played by Helen who turns out to be the catalyst for the whole thing. production details UK | ITV Network – Thames RUNNING TIME: 30 Minutes | NUMBER OF EPISODES: 4 | AIRDATES: 11 – 20 March 1980 WRITER: Andrew Brown | STORY: P.M. Hubbard | DIRECTOR: Colin Bucksey cast IAN McSHANE as Peter Curtis WENDY MORGAN as Celia TERENCE RIGBY as Matthews JOHN BIRD as Cyril KIKA MARKHAM as Helen MALCOLM TERRIS as Maxwell ANNA FOX as Miss Benson ANNE HAVARD as Cleaner PATRICK FIELD as Young Man TOBY SALAMAN as Smith JOHN BLAIN as Landlord MIKE McKEVITT as Fenton Andrew BrownAnna FoxArmchair ThrillerColin BuckseyIan McShaneITVJohn BirdKika MarkhamMalcolm TerrisTerence RigbyThamesTV 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.