Post by Arch Stanton on Sept 20, 2015 20:44:10 GMT
A couple let themselves into George Cole's house and proceed to embark on their extramarital affair in his bedroom. George Cole finds them and is understandably non too pleased, even though they try to explain that it's an arrangement his wife has made with them. After Cole's initial temper, he calms down and makes his guests tea, while they attempt to make a swift exit.. But something is not quite right, Cole's wife is nowhere to be seen and Cole's hand is inexplicably bandaged? And why is the spare bedroom locked?
Of course the couple jump to the conclusion that Cole has done his wife in. But nothing is as simple as it first appears...
This is a decent episode from this underrated thriller series. Cole's performance seems tired, pained, but a pain which hides a subtle, calculating menace. In fact he does a really good job, quite sinister and a world away from his Minder character. The rest of the cast (3 people) do a good job too. Giving us characters unpleasant enough to ensure that you're rooting for Cole to do them in, all the way. There's plenty of intrigue and suspense, and it keeps you hooked till the end.
Recommended to anyone, not just George Cole completists. Especially if you are a fan of the Clemens series 'Thriller'.
At time of writing Network want 13.20 GBP and it is just over 9 quid if I opt for the region 4 release with a multi-region player, but I see no major differences if I take the plunge.
On the whole, with an occasional turkey 'Thriller' was pretty good stuff but how does this compare?
It's not as good as Thriller.. It has some good episodes though and if you like 1970s, British mystery anthologies you'll enjoy it. They pretty much all start like mundane kitchen sink dramas then get darker and more unsettling as the episodes progress toward conclusion.
The opening credits are deeply disturbing kind of like those ones from that creep-out that Tom Baker did, 'Late Night Tales' (I have this too!), back in '78.
My advice jno, just borrow it from the CFA for free?!
I have been watching Shadows of Fear, and today watched the episode Return of Favours, featuring George Cole, quite a good episode, featuring a very sinister performance, from George Cole, also good to see Jennie Linden and Robin Ellis, in the episode.
I am enjoying watching Shadows of Fear, and have got five more episodes, still to watch, some episodes are better than others, but they are all worth watching, my favourite episode (which was the first episode), so far - Did You Lock Up?, featuring Michael Craig, Gwen Watford, Ray Smith and Mark McManus.
Post by billymedhurst on Jul 28, 2017 23:22:03 GMT
Excellent excellent series, have been watching it (again) recently, sadly, only one more to go. Probably my fave title sequence of all time !
Interesting how the first ep. was TXed in 1970, the bulk of them in 1971, and the final ep. almost a year later, in 1973. As there are a couple of pre-decimal, price-related references, I assume all were filmed in 1970.
The standard of writing is absolutely top-drawer; and not only Roger Marshall; how many of the eps. appear to take the viewer down a seemingly very innocent path, and then turn the whole world inside-out. I found 'White Walls, and Olive Green Carpets' (Hugh Leonard) and 'Come Into My Parlour' (Roger Marshall) extremely unsettling, the two stand-outs for me.
Highly notable mentions to 'Return of Favours' (Jeremy Paul) and 'Did you Lock Up ?' (Roger Marshall)
If modern tv series were 10% as good as this. If only.