Return of the Saint: Season 1, Episode 2

The Nightmare Man (17 Sep. 1978)

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In Paris the Saint meets a distraught woman who says that she has had a vivid dream in which her husband, the new Italian ambassador to Britain,is killed whilst travelling in an open coach ... See full summary »

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Gunther
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Gayle
Norman Eshley ...
Inspector George
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Carmela
John Bennett ...
Colonel Ramon Perrez
Moira Redmond ...
Livia Moreno
John Bailey ...
Di Vallesi
Stanley Lebor ...
Dalby
Roy Evans ...
Dillon
Olga Lowe ...
Concierge
Juliette James ...
Margareta di Vallesi
Zienia Merton ...
Mila
Jorge Bosso ...
Plump Policeman (as Giorgio Bosso)
Raul Newney ...
Young Policeman
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In Paris the Saint meets a distraught woman who says that she has had a vivid dream in which her husband, the new Italian ambassador to Britain,is killed whilst travelling in an open coach in a London square. The Saint goes to London and meets the ambassador and his wife - though she is a different lady to the one he met in Paris. The Saint must solve the deception before somebody is indeed killed. Written by don @ minifie-1

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27 June 2009 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

'The Nightmare Man' saw the welcome return to the 'Saint' show of John Kruse, author of many of the best Roger Moore episodes and whose work was admired by Leslie Charteris himself.

It opens in a swank Paris hotel. Simon is about to get off with beautiful American Gayle ( Kathryn Leigh Scott ) when a scream from the next room grabs his attention. Margareta di Vallesi ( Moira Redmond ), wife of the new Italian Ambassador, has just experienced a strange dream in which her husband is assassinated while travelling through a London square in an open coach. On meeting the Ambassador, Templar finds that his wife is not the woman he met in Paris.

Gunther ( Joss Ackland ), a hit-man, receives a call to go to London and carry out an assassination. But just who is the intended target?

"I watched 'Return Of The Saint' this week to see if it would get exciting.", wrote Margaret Forwood of 'The Sun'. "It didn't. It got sillier.". It is true that this is not up to the standard of Kruse's best 'Saint' work. If the whole thing was an elaborate plot to kill Templar, then why? What was the point of the charade in Paris?

Joss Ackland is woefully miscast as 'Gunther'. Loping around in flared trousers and sporting Boris Johnson-styled hair, he looks ridiculous. Kathryn Leigh-Scott was one of the stars of the hit American Gothic soap 'Dark Shadows'. Norman Eshley, cast as 'Inspector George', reappeared in 'Yesterday's Hero'. Zienia Merton, the winsome 'Sandra Benes' of 'Space:1999', is seen briefly as 'Mila', Gunther's girlfriend, a woman with the unfortunate habit of having a panic attack every time he uses the word 'suitcase' in her presence. As 'Carmela', future 'Gold Blend' coffee lady Sharon Mughan ( later to alter her surname slightly to 'Maughan' ) looks sexy enough to have been cast as one of Templar's numerous girlfriends.

So, yes, this is complete nonsense. Templar's showing Gayle round London is worth tuning in for alone. "Over there we have the Tower Of London...". I love the junk shop whose sign reads: 'Dillions Junk Shop'. Now there's honesty for you. Who thought Reggie Perrin was original when he conceived the idea for 'Grot'?

My late father took an instant dislike to the show when it was first broadcast. "That bloody Saint!", he raged: "Every week he's somewhere different. With a pretty girl on his arm! Where does he get his money from? I bet he doesn't have to work hard like I do!". I tried telling him it was meant to be escapism, but it was no use. He preferred the searing social reality of 'The Six Million Dollar Man'.

Nice climax in Big Ben although for excitement it loses out to Will Hay's last film - 'My Learned Friend' ( 1943 ).


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