George Rowland hides a young girl on a train. She's escaping from her "uncle", an hulking brute who is very possibly a foreign spy. The girl gives to George an odd parcel and she disappears.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Osmund Bullock ...
George Rowland
Sarah Berger ...
Ernest Clark ...
William Rowland
Ron Pember ...
Detective Inspector Jarrold
Prince Osric
Arthur Blake ...
Glyn Baker ...
Cherith Mellor ...
Debbie Farrington ...
Betty, the Maid
Matyelok Gibbs ...
Miss Garstang
Jo Warne ...
Flower Seller
Richard Bartlett ...
'The King'
Station Porter


Sacked from the family firm,George is on his way to visit Rowlands Castle by train when a blonde named Elizabeth asks him to hide her from a sinister foreigner. Before she leaves she gives him a package to guard with his life and asks him to shadow a bearded fellow passenger. He ends up in a Portsmouth hotel where he encounters Balkan aristocracy in pursuit of a grand duchess who is a runaway bride and a police inspector following a saboteur - the bearded man - and his accomplice, Betty Bright-Eyes. Which of these, if at all, is the girl in the train? And will George ever see her again? Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





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21 September 1982 (UK)  »

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At seven o'clock in the morning, the maid knocks on the door of a room which is up a short flight of stairs from George's room. However, when George gains access to the same room from his window, he descends a few feet to reach the window of that room. See more »


George Rowland: Five o'clock! That's too early even for worms!
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References Raffles (1930) See more »

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

I think I gathered what this was supposed to depict, a hapless, rather clueless fellow, stumbling along into placement at last. This guy is several rungs down from even a Bertie Wooster. To me, he proved a treat in his assignment. I found the ride quite enjoyable, with that understanding.

Most folks know Christie as a serious and adept mystery writer, with finely tuned plots, characters and serious detectives. "The Agatha Christie Hour," however, was about her lighter weight, varied, early short stories which featured a gamut of venues and themes. They were not mysteries in the main, just episodes, and I thought interesting ones.

Having read and/or viewed the more serious and longer versions and adaptations, it was enjoyable to read and now view her earlier, shorter and lighter works.

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