A new government minister is charged by a young felon with having molested him while she he was in her care over a decade before.





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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Anne Carroll ...
Phyllis Labone
Martin Chamberlain ...
Maurice Fitzalan
Hugh Dickson ...
Mr. Justice Ansley
Paul Downing ...
Clerk of the Court
Susan Engel ...
Mrs. Justice Witrow
David Fahm ...
DS Thomas Raeburn
Peter Foxcott QC
Cathy Winslow
Nancy Gower ...
Mrs. Dorothy Franks
Tam Hoskyns ...
Christine Lake
Jeremy Aldermarten QC
Alex Watkins (as Roger Lloyd-Pack)
Philip Boxer


The past comes back to haunt government minister Barbara Watkins who is dropped by her party. Sixteen years earlier she was charged with having under-age sex with 15-year-old Philip Boxer but she was acquitted when Philip testified that a vengeful police inspector had put him up to telling the story. Now Barbara wants to sue the police for malicious prosecution, though Kavanagh is concerned, not without foundation, that the original facts will be dredged up again. Jeremy has a heart-to-heart with his mother. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Crime | Drama | Mystery





Release Date:

22 March 1999 (UK)  »

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1.33 : 1
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Barbara Watkins: Your Mr. Foxcott isn't quite the the cozy old gent he seems.
James Kavanagh QC: Cozy as a crocodile... professionally.
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Excellent episode with nice turns from Penelope Wilton and Virginia McKenna
16 April 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Time of Need was in my opinion excellent, yes the story isn't as gripping as it is in some episodes but I liked how it was constructed. I liked the writing and directing also, and loved the production values and music, the music especially never fails to amaze me. I also really liked the acting in this one, John Thaw is the obvious actor I am going to acknowledge, but I also really liked the nice supporting turns of Penelope Wilton and Virginia McKenna whose scenes with Nicolas Jones were quite touching to say the least, and Inspector Kelso is if you ask me the epitome of seediness.

Overall, well worth watching. 9/10 Bethany Cox

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