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Finessing the King 

After seeing a suspicious coded message in the newspaper, Tuppence and Tommy attend a masked ball and find a costumed woman dying from a knife wound.


Christopher Hodson


Gerald Savory (adapted by)




Episode cast overview:
Francesca Annis ... Tuppence Beresford
James Warwick ... Tommy Beresford
Benjamin Whitrow ... Sir Arthur Merivale
Peter Blythe ... Captain Bingo Hale
Arthur Cox ... Inspector Marriott
Reece Dinsdale ... Albert
Anna Turner Anna Turner ... Widow
Annie Lambert ... Lady Vere Merivale
John Gillett ... Dr Stoughton
Terry Cowling ... Det. Sgt. Halliday


Tommy and Tuppence decide to go to a fancy dress ball after reading what they interpret as a coded message in the personals column of the newspaper. What they find is a dead woman, stabbed in the chest. The woman is identified as Lady Vere Merivale, a well-known socialite. Inspector Marriott arrests Captain Bingo Hale, Lady Merivale's lover, but the Beresfords believe him to be innocent. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







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23 October 1983 (UK) See more »

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Finessing the King
25 January 2019 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

Tuppence wants to go to a fancy dress party after she reads a coded message in the personal ads in the newspaper.

Tommy feels too old for partying. However he is persuaded to go dressed as Dr Watson with Tuppence as Sherlock Holmes.

They find in the next booth, a woman stabbed to death. She was Lady Merivale, a well known socialite who was cheating on her husband. Leaving the booth was a man dressed in a newspaper costume. He was Captain Bingo Hale and he gets arrested for her murder.

Lady Merivale had torn a bit of the newspaper costume. Captain Hale's costume has a piece of his costume torn off as well.

Tommy and Tuppence have been engaged by Captain Hale and sadly for him, the future does not look too bright.

This is a nice flighty mystery. If Captain Hale is not the murderer then it leaves the jilted husband as the only other suspect. The question is how especially as Captain Hale had the torn bit of his costume. It was nicely done. Tommy, Tuppence, Inspector Marriott and Albert do make a good team.

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