ITV Playhouse (1967– )
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A hard-bitten newspaper reporter is drawn back into the world of sleaze he had hoped to have left behind, and this time it goes right to the top.

Director:

Mike Hodges

Writer:

Mike Hodges
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Coles ... Sam Hunter
Ronald Clarke Ronald Clarke ... The Assassin - Vic Smith
Mary Baxter Mary Baxter ... Cleaner
Joyce Blair ... Betty Jacobs
Kevin Brennan Kevin Brennan
John Caesar John Caesar ... Policeman at Docks
David Cargill ... Arthur Kook
Martin Carroll Martin Carroll ... Mr. Wilkins
Vivienne Chandler Vivienne Chandler ... Liza Curtis
Jill Chartell Jill Chartell ... Belly Dancer
Ernie Clayden Ernie Clayden ... Driver's Mate
Ian Cooper Ian Cooper ... Priest
Paul Dawkins Paul Dawkins ... Hercules Beaumont
Ivor Dean ... James
James Donnelly James Donnelly ... Mike Weston
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A hard-bitten newspaper reporter is drawn back into the world of sleaze he had hoped to have left behind, and this time it goes right to the top.

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Comedy | Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 March 1970 (UK) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Superior TV drama
4 April 2009 | by MozjoukineSee all my reviews

The remarkably adept paranoia thriller actually had the qualities which were proclaimed for British TV at the time - often without justification.

Using the small scale production resources of TV, Mike Hodges puts together the account of the over confidant lead, who underestimates the powerful group that gets his car into the back of a semi. A brief coda with kids and the tape recorder in a city dump is an unlikely note of hope in the grim proceedings.

The small cast do well, with a large part of the ending a two hander. The choice of angles, pacing and interpretation are an indicator of Hodges substantial career to come in feature films. The mood foreshadows his GET CARTER and the feeble I'LL SLEEP WHEN I'M DEAD.


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