A man has a vision of a scarred man strangling his wife.At an engagement party,he discovers with horror that the future victim and her murderer are the two betrothed.How he can stop the impending and deadly marriage?


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Matthew Armitage
Emma Piper ...
Sylvia Carslake
Shaun Scott ...
Neil Carslake
Jonathon Morris ...
Alan Carslake (as Johnathon Morris)
Paul Williamson ...
Mr. Carslake
Mrs. Carslake
Derek Wainwright
Marjorie Bland ...
Charlotte Hardy
David Cook ...
Captain Mountjoy
John Golightly ...
Commanding Officer
John Wheatley ...
Brian Anthony ...
Charles Crawley
Kenneth Midwood ...
Mr. Hobbs
Valerie Lush ...
Mrs. Hobbs


In the period prior to World War One Matthew Armitage is a house guest of the Carslake family for a weekend party, and, in the mirror, sees an image of Sylvia, the daughter of the house, being throttled by a man with a scarred neck - just as Sylvia's fiance is similarly scarred. Matthew fights in the war and afterwards returns,scarred mentally and physically, to marry Sylvia. He becomes irrationally jealous of her and realises that he is the man whose face he saw in the mirror. How can he stop himself from murdering his wife? Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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14 September 1982 (UK)  »

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Provoking - Either Good or Bad, According to Your Own Bent
8 June 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This follows the course of the well produced (though sound staged quality) episodes in this television series, with the story line being in the balance. Christie was so versatile that she could include just about "it all." I can appreciate the irony in this without appreciating the tension created. It was well acted. Not my favorite of her tales, yet appreciate its cleverness and a good ending. I had read this tale among her short stories, and it was one of my least favorites. I appreciate the English for their quality depictions of Christie, drawing eminent actors and the production values of the current day. Frankly, I do not recall any American productions of any period using this particular sound stage method, but so glad to get any Christie adaptation and other English productions. Thanks to BBC and then ITV.

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