'A Midsummer Nightmare' is Thriller's penultimate episode and like many of the later stories, is rather weak in comparison to the earlier material. However I would disagree that it is the worst - that accolade would go to 'Murder Motel' - and for a good deal of the 65 minutes, 'A Midsummer Nightmare' is reasonably entertaining, albeit somewhat flat in parts.
Joanne Pettet returns for her second outing (she had played Sylvia in 'A Killer In Every Corner') as Jody Baxter, the estranged wife of a private detective. As she shares the same initial as her husband, Jody decides to assume the part of "J.Baxter' when a client comes calling for assistance in solving the murder of his niece some five years previously.
The client is a sombre bachelor named Tully who remains convinced that the killer was a local man - Peter Ingram. The local police and Tully's housekeeper concur with this opinion but explain to Jody that there are unable to locate any evidence to make the charges stick. During the course of her investigation Jody discovers that while Ingram may be an unhinged individual, he may not be capable of murder. A vital clue from Shakespeare's 'A Midsummer Night's Dream' paves the way to revealing the real killer but Jody puts herself in grave danger as the story lurches to a conclusion.
The climax is quite understated and somewhat surprising. The performances are reasonable but nothing special. Even Brian Blessed gives off a dour air. Nevertheless this is worth seeing even if it is a remnant of the series' former glory.
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