Photographer Jerry Grant throws himself in front of a car and dies raving in hospital. Jim learns that he worked for a newspaper and had befriended Helene Duvall in order to gain entry to a...
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Photographer Jerry Grant throws himself in front of a car and dies raving in hospital. Jim learns that he worked for a newspaper and had befriended Helene Duvall in order to gain entry to a black magic coven headed by occult writer Bart Bellow. Jim is initially sceptical, but when a neighbour of Bellow's dies mysteriously having released sacrificial animals, realises that he must take the matter very seriously. Helene offers to help but this places her in danger with Bellow and Jim must race to save her. Written by
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This episode is a homage to the great film The Devil Rides Out, based on the book by Dennis Wheatley, in which Charles Gray plays the chief Satanist. Gray reprises his role with his usual charm. The dialogue is unexpectedly witty. The mortuary attendant claims his wife says his job has made him hard while simultaneously chomping a sandwich and displaying a body. Says Bergerac to Gray: "You don't mince your words, do you!" Gray: "My words are too valuable to be minced." There's a slight whiff of sulphur from the pit but the forces of good are represented only by solid policemen and their decent wives. Malcolm Tierney puts in an appearance as a gay landlord.
A particularly good episode of a wonderful series. Where is the Robert Banks Stewart of the new millennium?
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