Stuart Blackton owns and operates a posh hotel and restaurant in a converted manor house on an expansive estate and is trying hard to impress influential restaurant critic Angus Fairley. The estate is bordered by a winery owned by Blackton's brother Ben, and although the restaurant is the vintner's best customer, no love is lost between the siblings. Blackton has been struggling to stay out of the red, but Angus' influence and a five star review will insure the hotel's success. Rosemary, an old friend of Fairley's, has been hired along with Laura to help weed the vineyard, and the desperate Blackton asks her to find out if the review will be favorable. Although Angus promises Laura that a glowing review is forthcoming, he never gets a chance to write it and is found dead in his room from an apparent heart attack... with a bottle of the local red wine beside him. Written by
Did You Know?
The estate-turned-hotel is supposedly a prime location for filmmakers and tourist attraction for film buffs. Among the hypothetical films the episode's two avid fans mention as having been filmed there are "Slaughter of the Concubines" with Vernon Sewell and Kay Kendall, "The Body in the Cellar" with Hazel Court and James Booth, Peter Cushing in "Pride and Prejudice," Dennis Price and Cecil Parker in "Dance of the Spider Woman," and Wilfrid Brambell in "A Christmas Carol." See more
Laura quotes, "'Music is the wine that fills the cup of silence' by Robert Fripp
of King Crimson
." The quote is from Robert Fripp, but Robert Fripp the critic and author, not Robert Fripp the musician who played with King Crimson. See more
How does afternoon tea on the terrace sound to you... on the house?