This intense little BBC character thriller treads territory largely familiar from films like "Under Suspicion" and others, except that it's small, sharp, modest, and far better. Kenneth Cranham, long a horror movie favorite with his sensual lips and sanguine brow, here plays Teddy, a man who carefully sublimates his energies into being a master salesman, who prides himself as being, as the hoary story he likes to tell explains it, the 'master of marionettes', the man in control. Underneath his fast-talking, in-control veneer however lives a man with a buried past and buried furies that may or may not have boiled to the surface when a young man is viciously attacked with a chisel; everyone sees Teddy trying to save his life, but was he possibly the man who assaulted him? Why would he do it? Inspector Tennyson thinks he knows why, and determines to grind Teddy down into confession.
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