An unemployed girl is the spitting image of a Grand Duchess fearing to be assassinated by the anarchists. So, she accepts to impersonating her in a charity fête, risking her life for a very big sum of money.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Jane Cleveland
Nigel Guest
Pauline, Grand Duchess of Ostravia
Princess Anna
Count Streptitch
Geoffrey Hinsliff ...
Colonel Kranin
Julia McCarthy ...
Miss Northwood
Lady Anchester
Robert McBain ...
Police Superintendent
George Waring ...
Station Sergeant
Hetty Baynes ...
Holly de Witt
Roy Macready ...
Mr. Bissell
Neville Phillips ...
Josie Kidd ...
Miss Thristle
Martin Chamberlain ...
Police Sergeant


Jane Cleveland, behind with the rent, answers a strange advertisement in the paper and finds herself employed as a decoy for the visiting duchess of Ostravia,who fears that she may be the target of an assassination attempt. Jane impersonates the duchess when they attend a charity bazaar to auction jewellery but, following an assassination scare, the two women are whisked away and given drinks. Jane's is drugged and when she comes to she finds that she has been set up by a gang of jewel thieves. Fortunately her adoring male neighbour is a policeman who can prove her innocence. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery



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9 November 1982 (UK)  »

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Fun Frolic
8 June 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Hey, this one is a treat, all tongue-in-cheek and clueless bounding along come right. No one would spot this as Christie from her later, more lengthy and serious works, but this one displays the marvelous range of the prolific writer. It's a fun tale, which I thoroughly enjoyed. I can't imagine picking at it. Not quite cricket, it would seem. Jane is a plainer Jane than most Christie heroine film depictions, but she did quite nicely, being an accomplished actress. Andrew Bicknell let his earnestness be known to protect this innocent, the thugs were central casting, and the "high brow" posers quite entertaining in their convincing-come-revealing transition. Jolly good fun -- which is exactly what is was written to be. Amen.

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