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Man about a Dog, A (Sunday Night Theatre – ITV Sun 16 Jan 1972, Richard Johnson, Kate O’Mara)

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Sunday Night Theatre: A Man About A Dog ITV 1972 Richard Johnson and Kate O'Mara

In period set thriller A Man about a Dog, we are in London in 1948 where prominent Harley Street surgeon Dr Clive Riordan is waiting the late night return of his unfaithful wife Storm. He has decided that enough is enough and plots his revenge on her for the wrong he is sure she has done him.

This Sunday Night Theatre play offered a rare TV outing for heart throb Richard Johnson (playing against type too), so much so that the TV Times for the week gave him an expansive four page story, picturing him at home in his extravagantly appointed London home.

This was a classic bachelor pad with electronic gimmicks galore. The picture below of his bedroom gives some indication of his style at the time. The main point Johnson wanted to make in the article though was that he was nothing like the press made him out to be.

Star Richard Johnson relaxes at home.

Star Richard Johnson relaxes at home in his bachelor pad.

The always watchable Kate O’Mara played the fabulous named Storm Riordan and the most well known other face belonged to that of Catweazle star Geoffrey Bayldon.

production details
UK / ITV – Anglia / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Sunday 16 January 1972 at 10.15pm

Series: Sunday Night Theatre

Writer and Director: Alvin Rakoff / Play: Alec Coppel / Production Design: Reece Pemberton / Producer: John Jacobs

cast
Richard Johnson as Sr Clive Riordan
Kate O’Mara as Storm Riordan
Geoffrey Bayldon as Finsbury
George Merritt as Aitkin
David Hedison as Bill Kronin
Peter King as Thompson