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The Danedyke Mystery (ITV Adventure, Michael Craig, Kenneth Colley)

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Six part kids adventure thriller serial The Danedyke Mystery featured an unlikely hero in the shape of vicar The Reverend Septimus Treloar (played by Michael Craig).

Luckily Treloar was a former police inspector which came in handy when his church organist Mrs Crowle (Fanny Rowe) is attacked by what she believes is the Church ghost. Treloar is sure that the attacker was really after an ancient relic called Our Lady’s Cup. Treloar keeps the cup safely in a bank but what he doesn’t know is that the bad guys, in the shape of The Major (Kenneth Colley) and his henchman Armchair (John Rhys-Davies) are really after another religious relic (a solid gold cup) they believe is still in the church.

Also involved in helping the vicar were Angela Horton (Tessa Peake-Jones) and Tom Richards (Derek Thompson).

Cast: Michael Craig as Rev. Septimus Treloar / Kenneth Colley as The Major / Tessa Peake-Jones as Angela Horton / John Rhys-Davies as Armchair / Derek Thompson as Tom Richards / Adrian Delaney as Russell Skingle / Preston Lockwood as Dr. Henry Simmonds / Peter Vaughan as Det. Insp. Burroughs / Jeremy Child as Mary Crowle / Leon Eagles as Olov Hellerstadt / Bernard Latham as PC Skingle / Robert Longden as Lionel Empson / Simon Molloy as Det. Sgt. Trasker / Lee Atkins as Choir boy / Candace Hartley as Jenny / Valerie Shute as Policewoman / William Tarmey as Workman / Teddy Turner as Warner Baxendale / David Sumner as Narrator

Writer: Willis Hall / Novel: Stephen Chance / Music: Alan Parker / Production Design: Chris Wilkinson / Producer: Pauline Shaw / Executive Producer: Michael Cox / Directors: Jonathan Wright-Miller

UK / ITV – Granada / 6×25 minute episodes / Broadcast Sunday 3 June – Sunday 15 July 1979