Adam Crosse is a reporter for a local paper. A neurotic under-achiever, the last straw comes when he discovers his wife Lydia is having an affair and she coolly tells him she has no ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview:
Adam Crosse
Lydia Crosse
John Ronane ...
Susan Glanville ...
Lindsay Campbell ...
Stanley Hudson
Valerie Lush ...
Dorothy Hudson
Simon Merrick ...
Det. Chief Insp. Schofield
Det. Sgt. Roberts
Roy Evans ...
Gina Manicom ...
Telephone Operator
Douglas Wells ...
Tim Gudgin ...


Adam Crosse is a reporter for a local paper. A neurotic under-achiever, the last straw comes when he discovers his wife Lydia is having an affair and she coolly tells him she has no intention of either giving up her lover or divorcing Adam. The top crime story of the moment is a serial murderer nicknamed "The Kitchen Killer". Adam sets out to murder his wife and blame it on this shadowy psycho. Written by Gazhack

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12 May 1971 (UK)  »

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Pretty iffy episode, not to the usual standard.

Out of the Unknown: Deathday is set in England & starts one morning as a local newspaper reporter named Adam Crosse (Robert Lang) accidentally discovers that his wife Lydia (Lynn Farleigh) has been having an affair with another man, when Adam confronts Lydia she is very cold about it telling him that it's a purely physical relationship that satisfies her in a way he can't & that she won't divorce him because she needs the security that his job brings. Enraged & humiliated Adam loses it & brutally beats Lydia to death with a wrench before calming setting up a watertight alibi which will clear himself but also cast suspicion for Lydia's murder on a local serial killer nicknamed the 'Kitchen Killer'. The police are baffled & Adam is not considered a suspect but his guilty conscience starts to get to him as living without Lydia is harder than Adam thought...

Episode four from season four from the British television series Out of the Unknown this was directed by Raymond Menmuir & is a fairly weak episode, besides not really having any sci-fi Deathday is more of a psychological thriller that has glaring holes & a script that really is quite poor. Deathday was the episode from season four adapted from an existing work, Brian Hayles wrote the script based on the novel by Angus Hall who by all accounts was very unhappy with the finished program & you really can't blame him either. Although Deathday starts off quite well with Adam killing Lydia & then trying to frame the 'Kitchen Killer' for the crime the whole thing falls to pieces afterwards, from the police who barely question Adam & are done with a murder scene within a couple of hours to the idea that Adam picks that woman up at the end to the way Adam behaves to his imaginary conscience who he keeps having conversations with to a random ending where Adam kills himself. Even at only fifty minutes long Deathday feels longer, take away the first fifteen minutes with the murder & the twisting of the facts & Deathday really has nothing going for it. The whole thing is just sloppy, the way people behave & think are just so unbelievable including the police & Adam himself to Adam's schizophrenic alter ego popping up to torment him every so often. Nothing here really works, nothing here is convincing or thought out that well.

Originally broadcast during May 1971 Deathday hasn't dated that badly, apart from the fashions & cars of course but the story could easily be set in 2010 without any major changes. There are some really bad special effects here, when Adam is driving along at night the rear projection is awful, throw in some odd little dream sequences & the whole thing is a mess. The acting is pretty static, I thought Robert Lang in particular was terrible here. The next episode, The Sons and Daughters of Tomorrow (1971) is missing, believed wiped forever.

Deathday is a sloppy thriller with some laughable police work & some awful attempts at psychology that come across as just plain silly. Watch the first fifteen minutes & then switch it off, other than that don't bother watching it at all.

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