Slade is a criminal lawyer who is facing disgrace and asks his colleague Spalding to help cover up for him but Spalding is impervious to corruption and refuses so he needs to be disposed of... See full summary »

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Slade is a criminal lawyer who is facing disgrace and asks his colleague Spalding to help cover up for him but Spalding is impervious to corruption and refuses so he needs to be disposed of. Slade lies in wait for him as he takes his customary early morning swim, kills him and drags the body into the sea. But Slade has reckoned without the turn of the tide... Written by don @ minifie-1

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An interesting premise, which is woefully executed.
21 February 2016 | by (Swansea, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

The North Side stabber is at work in the area with a string of victims, Martha Parker interviews Slade, a former Criminal lawyer, she asks about the murders, and learns a disturbing fact, that most murderers are never court, and several walking at liberty. Slade is in trouble, in deep financially, he begs colleague John Spalding for help, but he refuses, so Slade kills him. Slade thinks up an ingenious plan to make it look like an accident, but he makes a small miscalculation.

A story by C.S. Forester (who notably wrote the Horatio Hornblower books,) it's annoying that as the series went on there became a greater reliance on the American made episodes, the whole point of the show was the subtle Britishness, episodes like this were too brash, far from subtle, too heavy to be layered and have a subtle twist.

I like the story, but I have to say I think the result is badly executed, firstly I wonder if the original was junked and a VHS copy survived? The camera work is dark and shoddy, even the opening credits are almost black. The acting is rather woeful, it is so stagey and slow.

It feels like they got to the end of the series, got bored and didn't bother with polishing it up. Getting through this awful episode is hard work. The worst episode of Tales I've had to sit through.

2/10


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