An arrogant third rate actor, Tony Sparkle, is murdered while performing a play on the same day the local constabulary is in attendance.




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Episode cast overview:
Judy Talent
Tony Sparkle
Inspector Salford
Inspector Turner
Stephen Moore ...
Basil Hampton
Sarah Deveraux
Robin Driscoll ...
Simon Pleasance
Greg Cruttwell ...
Timmy Duval
Japanese Tourist


Tony Sparkle is a smarmy, egotistical third rate actor who just about manages to get up the noses of every one of his fellow cast members who are all featuring in the theatrical production of a murder mystery play called 'Catflap'. Then while performing on stage as the murder victim in the play, Tony is actually shot and killed on stage. Fortunately for the cast members and maybe less fortunate for whoever killed Tony, Inspector Turner chose that very day to bring a team from the local constabulary to watch the play as part of a training exercise. Written by Robert McElwaine

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Comedy | Crime | Mystery



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28 November 1991 (UK)  »

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You haven't quite seen anything like this before
1 May 2013 | by See all my reviews

This is the third episode of the extremely eccentric series "Murder Most Horrid". This time, Dawn French plays an once-famous theater and TV actress whose best days are behind her. She is getting prepared for one more live theater performance, even though the audience is limited to a "foreign chummy", and a bunch of clueless cops on a "training" program. And then another actor, who is rude and obnoxious to everyone, gets shot for real in the middle of the play. Once again, you must be prepared for the fact that this series is unlike anything you've probably seen before: a prominent poster of the Marx Brothers' "Duck Soup" is a clue as to this program's intentions, except I think this is even crazier! Funniest scene is either the realization that the corpse on stage is real, or the killer's suicide attempt at the end ("I think I sprained me ankle"!). *** out of 4.

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