The Agatha Christie Hour: Season 1, Episode 2

In a Glass Darkly (14 Sep. 1982)

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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:
Nicholas Clay ...
Matthew Armitage
Emma Piper ...
Sylvia Carslake
Shaun Scott ...
Neil Carslake
Jonathon Morris ...
Alan Carslake (as Johnathon Morris)
Paul Williamson ...
Mr. Carslake
Mrs. Carslake
Nicholas Le Prevost ...
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
Eileen Davies ...


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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Predetermined fate and post-war trauma
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A man is invited to the engagement party of his best friend's sister; just before the party is about to begin, he sees a vision on a mirror of a man with a big scar on his neck killing a young woman. She turns out to be the exact same woman whose engagement is being celebrated that day, and wouldn't you know it, her fiancé has a big scar on his neck...."In A Glass Darkly" is a refreshingly adult and dark episode in a series with a few too many lightweights, well-acted by Nicholas Clay (who did Peter Ustinov's "Evil Under The Sun" the same year) and the lovely Emma Piper (I'm surprised her film career is so short), and well-directed (even faking a larger budget than it probably had with the war scenes). But the story progression feels a bit rushed (in one scene, he proposes to the next, they've already been married for 4 years), and the final twist is predictable. *** out of 4.

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