Thriller (1973–1976)
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Look Back in Happiness 

The Next Voice You See (original title)
Stan Kay, a famed American jazz pianist, and his wife are caught in the crossfire during a bank heist. Mrs. Kay is killed, and Stan is blinded when the shotgun goes off in his face. Ten ... See full summary »

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Stan Kay
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Julie
Geoffrey Chater ...
Sir Peter Hastings
Ray Smith ...
Ben Tamplin
Terence Sewards ...
Alan Richards
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Ludovic Bates
Rachel Davies ...
Nancy
Neil Hallett ...
John Pelham
John Oxley ...
Robert Carroll
Annette Lynton ...
Claudia Hastings
Ian Redford ...
James Townsend
Roger Mutton ...
Jeremy
Peter Geddis ...
Jameson
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Susie Kay
John Forbes-Robertson ...
Dr. Mace
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Stan Kay, a famed American jazz pianist, and his wife are caught in the crossfire during a bank heist. Mrs. Kay is killed, and Stan is blinded when the shotgun goes off in his face. Ten years later, Stan returns to England to play at the engagement party of a wealthy socialite. Amongst the party chatter, Stan's sharp ears pick up an unforgettable voice. Somewhere in the crowd is his wife's murderer... Written by L. Hamre

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17 May 1975 (UK)  »

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When the wine racks of the Wine Merchant are knocked over, all the bottles move with a lightness of grace and clattering sounds that only empty bottles do. See more »

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Sight revisited
20 September 2005 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

The theme of blindness which Thriller handled so effectively in 'The Eyes Have It' from its first series is revisited in 'The Next Voice You See' which is the penultimate episode in series five.

The story begins in 1964 with a bank robbery in which Stan Kay's wife, Susie is tragically killed while he is blinded from a double-barreled shotgun blast. We then fast forward to 1974 where Stan (played by Brad Dillman), a successful jazz pianist, is due to play an engagement party for a wealthy society girl. Whilst performing he is shocked to hear a snatch of a familiar voice in the crowd - which he recognises as the dulcet tones of the armed robber ten years beforehand.

He conveys his worries to his agent Julie (played by the beautiful Catherine Schell) who is initially sceptical. As the evening unfolds the voice is heard again and again while Stan vainly tries to ascertain the speaker. It soon becomes evident that the murderer is aware of Stan's presence and an exciting game of seek and destroy follows. During this time his identity is kept a secret and we are just treated to glimpses of his shoes.

Amongst the supporting cast are Ray Smith as the gruff security guard Tamplin, Nigel Havers as a drunken guest and Geoffrey Chater as the affable host Sir Peter. The closing sequence in the wine cellar is extremely exciting as we see the killer close in on Stan.

Whilst not as strong as 'The Eyes Have It', 'The Next Voice You See' is a very competent episode and has plenty to recommend it. Go see.


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