Terence and Gwen Carter are a conventional married couple, disapproving of the womanizing ways of Reeve Baker, Terence's friend and tax accountant. Terence is shocked, then, when Gwen tells... See full summary »

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Terence and Gwen Carter are a conventional married couple, disapproving of the womanizing ways of Reeve Baker, Terence's friend and tax accountant. Terence is shocked, then, when Gwen tells him that she and Reeve are in love and plan to go off together. Despite her husband's entreaties she leaves him but soon afterwards is found murdered. All the evidence points to Reeve as the perpetrator and he is duly sent for trial. Did he kill her or was he framed? Either way, people don't do such things...or do they? Written by don @ minifie-1

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30 March 1985 (UK)  »

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Ruth Rendell writes a clever story.
21 February 2016 | by (Swansea, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Reeve is a successful young author and doing well, the trouble is he doesn't have a head for figures, and the Feds are planning an audit, so he visits accountant Terence Carter. Terence says he's read his books, but his wife Gwen is the real fan. Gwen is excited by the news that Terence has met Reeve. Reeve lights a spark in Gwen, she begins wanting excitement and risk, to escape the prudence of her husband's regime. The couple have Reeve and his young lady Melody friend to dinner, where he explains to her that he plans to go to Acapulco and dump Melody, Gwen is annoyed and wants Reeve to stay away from the house. Why so much anger and resentment?

It's worth pointing out that this episode was penned by the legendary Crime writer Ruth Rendell, should they ever bring the series back for a modern audience I'm sure there are lots of her stories that could be used.

Some nice performances, Samantha Eggar in particular, really lovely actress who adds some subtlety to what could have been a little overbearing.

Having a quality writer at the helm made a different to the episode, it was a rather good standard, the performers took it seriously too, and produced what was a rather good 25 minutes of solid drama.

6/10


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