'The Patrician Lady', a priceless painting, is coming from France on loan to Parnell's London gallery but, at its unveiling, there is an explosion and gun-shots, suggesting a robbery ... See full summary »

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Parnell
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'The Patrician Lady', a priceless painting, is coming from France on loan to Parnell's London gallery but, at its unveiling, there is an explosion and gun-shots, suggesting a robbery although it is all over in seconds. The painting is still in place but the name 'Zarchetti' is stamped on the back of the canvas, suggesting a switch. Since the real painting is presumed stolen, Parnell's girlfriend Bernice, a talented forger, makes several copies of the original which are palmed off as the original and offered to interested parties. But did 'The Patrician Lady' really leave the gallery? Written by don @ minifie-1

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15 August 1982 (UK)  »

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Oh the days before CCTV.....
17 February 2016 | by (Swansea, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A priceless work of Art 'The Patrician Lady,' is being loaned to an upmarket London Art gallery 'Parnell's' from France. Naturally security is very high, in charge is Chief Inspector Nelson. Andre Arnaud is responsible for the painting's security, a passionate Frenchman. A beautiful young blond woman 'Bernice' (Parnell's girlfriend) calls into the gallery and cases the joint, she later visits an art shop and acquires a load of supplies. Mr Pulver is jumpy, he's bought a valuable painting, but its authenticity is questioned, the critics can't give a unanimous decision. Beatrice is copying priceless works of art, her and her man are selling the copies as originals.

Richard Johnson's such a fun, charismatic actor, with that sensational speaking voice. Overall I'd class the episode as a well acted, imaginative plodder. Not really one for the great fans of mystery and suspense, but it's an intriguing an clever little story, with a few good points.

I'm all painted out...... How true......

6/10


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