THIRTY YEARS AFTER THE ORIGINAL TRANSMISSION DATE: This is still a tense and gripping tele-drama. Clifford Rose, who plays KESSLER is very much on form so is his colleague Major Hans Dietrich Reinhardt.
Written by John Brason - This episode deals with a rather unusual scenario - a safe house that slowly becomes infected with the Bubonic Plague - The Doctor works out that the only place that it could originate is North Africa - latterly in WW2 a place from which fighter pilots made a 'rund trip' Once the doctor diagnoses the infection, he warns that if it was peace time that hundreds and thousands could be infected and killed by this disease - which is airborne. It is therefore decided that all those infected in the safe house REMAIN in solitary confinement until the epidemic is over, Monique takes the strain on behalf of Albert who is in prison on a trumped up charge of the murder or his wife's (accidental) death - he has in fact been framed by Paul Vacor - leader of the Communist Party in an attempt to take revenge for the slaughter of his men, as Albert wanted rid of Max as He held strong and dangerous Communist views and was infiltrating lifeline to take over as a cell; Albert's suspicions were found to be true, so the ambush of the communists was in fact arranged between himself and the Head of Belgian Police wit whom he collaborates.
The MAIN theme of this episode is to highlight the Wider effects that the spread of the Bubonic Plague could have.
Many had to be burned to contain infection, and as Monique sings her song in the-Candide later, the presence of a lighter in her hand brings back deep emotional memories of the last few days.
Monique manages to visit Albert in prison and makes an effort to look pretty - this goes un-noticed by Albert mostly, as his main focus is ALWAYS on the Candide and LIFELINE - Monique is currently making the decisions.
Another stunning episode.
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