The Ray Bradbury Theatre: Season 2, Episode 7

Punishment Without Crime (16 Apr. 1988)
"The Ray Bradbury Theater" Punishment Without Crime (original title)

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George Hill is stunned when he is sentenced to death--for murdering a robot facsimile of his adulterous young wife.



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Episode cast overview:
Himself - Introduction
George Hill
Lynsey Baxter ...
Peggy Mount ...
The Judge
Iain Cuthbertson ...
Prosecuting Counsel
Defence Counsel
John McGlynn ...
Facsimile Interviewer
Bill Croasdale ...
Will Tacey ...
George Anton ...
William Ivory ...


George Hill is stunned when he is sentenced to death--for murdering a robot facsimile of his adulterous young wife.

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The poem George recites to the facsimile Katherine is an abridged version of Song of Solomon chapter 4, verses 1-11; she responds with a similarly shortened version of chapter 5, verses 11-16, to describe her illicit lover. See more »

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The Title Tells the Tale
24 March 2015 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Donald Pleasence is an old man with a young wife. He is on death row, facing execution for killing that wife. It is a future time when robots are all over the place and the classic science fictional dilemma of when a machine can also be consider sentient is brought into play. Out of jealousy, this man arranged to have a replacement android made of his wife after she has an affair with a young man. He can then kill her and life goes on with the new one. When he awakens on the day she appears, he changes his mind, but the forces at work don't allow that. They also have a great prejudice against robots and he represents how things have gone wrong. He "kills" the robot and his wife is still alive, but they need to make an example of him. This is a disjointed, confusing episode, but there are some interesting features to the argument it makes.

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