Bachelor Edward Buttimore becomes involved in an argument with another driver that has life-changing consequences for all involved.


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Edward Buttimore
Rose Buttimore
Philip Bird ...
Guy Scantlebury ...
Gareth Johnstone
Samantha Johnstone
Ross Boatman ...
Det. Supt. Pryce
Jane Spencer-Prior ...
Barbara Bolton ...
Stewart Bevan ...
Mourner 1
Mourner 2
Polly Nayler ...
Gail Stephens
Jack Harrison-Cooper ...
Charlie Johnstone (as Jack Cooper)


Knife salesman Edward Buttimore kills another motorist in an outburst of road rage whilst in a country lane. His dominant mother dissuades him from confessing but, feeling guilty, he attends the man's funeral and befriends Samantha, the widow. They get very close and she confides in him she believes that her husband was leading a double life, but his association with her places him uncomfortably close to being detected. Written by don @ minifie-1

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2 March 2002 (UK)  »

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Murder at an Intersection!!!
25 November 2011 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Repressed bachelor Edward Buttimore (Neil Dudgeon) is involved in a road rage incident at an intersection. His day has been a disaster, spilt milk at breakfast, trying to sell knife sets to customers who are just not that interested - all the while putting on his happy face. So when he has a road altercation, he snaps, grabs one of his unsold knives and flees the scene, leaving a dying man on the lonely road.

He lives with his mother, a controlling matriarch who will never let him forget the part he played in his father's death and Edward has spent all his life trying to make it up to her. When he arrives home he immediately blurts out what has happened and his mother instantly takes charge - forbidding him to go to the police, she doesn't seem to have a plan B, she only knows she couldn't stand to be left by herself if he went to prison.

Meanwhile Edward has seen the widow on television and feels he would like to get to know her so he goes to the funeral and ingratiates himself into her life. Of course he hasn't told her what part he has played in her husband's death but he does help her in tracing her husband's last hours. The first shock is the golf club where he spent all his time - his membership has elapsed six months before and together they trace it all back to a woman (his mistress) and child (his).

The last ten minutes are what I would call a "cop out" and leaves you feeling let down. I am watching the episodes in order and, to me, it seems none of the proceeding shows have the power or shock of the first episode "Teacher". Annette Crosbie makes the most of her part as the dominating mother, acting with every expression of her face and eyes. Neil Dudgeon, now gaining new fans for being the latest Barnaby in the new series of "Midsomer Murders" is good but definitely not as intense as Crosbie and Maggie O'Neill, who spent a few years at "Eastenders" is just not quite up to it - she is so bland the viewer doesn't really care what happens to her or what she does.

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