Thriller (1973–1976)
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Terror from Within 

Won't Write Home Mom, I'm Dead (original title)
Young American Abby Stevens is searching for her fiancé Doug. She hopes to find him visiting Alan Smerdon at an artists' commune in the English countryside. Alan is not only Doug's close ... See full summary »

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Abby Stevens
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Frank Dean
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Beryl Wittaker
Oliver Tobias ...
Alan Smerdon
Christopher Malcolm ...
Hank
Dallas Adams ...
Douglas Sadler
Lesley North ...
Janet Sadler
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Helen
Diana Patrick ...
Jody
Sarah Porter ...
Emma
Norman Scace ...
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Young American Abby Stevens is searching for her fiancé Doug. She hopes to find him visiting Alan Smerdon at an artists' commune in the English countryside. Alan is not only Doug's close school friend, but a distant cousin to Abby. However, Alan and the other artists claim Doug has never been to their village. Nevertheless, Abby shares a physic bond with Doug, and is certain the visions she is receiving are connected to the commune and that Doug may be in danger... Written by L. Hamre

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3 March 1975 (USA)  »

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Characters, including a professional potter, are seen putting their eye straight against the inspection keyhole in the front of a kiln. As the operating temperature of a ceramics kiln is about 1750 degrees, this would have caused certain immediate blindness. To peer through a kiln's inspection hole, one must approach with care to no more than a foot or so away. See more »

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Nothing To Write Home About, But Still Good
29 June 2004 | by (Lancashire, England) – See all my reviews

This is a below-par installment of the excellent "Thriller" but it is still good viewing and a cut above standard fare.

In the story Abby is an American who arrives in the UK looking for her boyfriend Doug. She comes to a village where she believes he stayed but can find no trace. She has a telepathic link with him, and still hears him call her name; she is worried but still has hope. Also in the village is a bohemian group of mainly American artists, most notably Alan Smerdon, a half-cousin of Abby's she hasn't seen since childhood.

Abby has high hopes of Doug visiting Alan for his birthday party, especially as his sister was also due to come. However neither of them arrive and she then fears the worst. She starts to investigate with dangerous results.

This episode is rather low-key and never quite catches fire, although it always retains some interest. Probably the main drawback is an unappealing set of characters. The American artists are meant to be hippies which puts the story some years out-of-date and there are some unconvincing American accents. The acting generally fails to excite much interest, with Suzanne Neve as Beryl, an English artist, particularly flat. Pamela Franklin does do a decent job as Abby. The direction isn't bad, with some interesting effects, but this doesn't significantly raise the tension.

There are some interesting insights. The bohemian lifestyle of the artists attracts criticism from other characters, most incisively Abby. She highlights their hypocrisy in criticising bourgeois materialist values while happily living off the wealth of their parents.

Although I have been rather cool about this story this is a relative judgment and it still a good way of spending an hour of your time if you come across it.


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