Journalist Guy Foster quarrels with wife Melissa, he refuses to accompany her and mutual friends Felix and Paula to Racing Driver friend Don's birthday party. Guy stays home to write, later that evening he receives a call from Melissa, asking him to meet her on Wimbledon Common. Upon arrival Guy discovers a Police Presence, Melissa has been found strangled, she was wearing Paula's coat, the address Melissa gave Guy on the phone doesn't exist. Investigating the case is Inspector Carter. A prescription found on Melissa links Guy to nerve specialist Doctor Swanley, Guy denies all knowledge of a meeting the pair recently had. Melissa had also confided her fears about Guy to their mutual friends, she'd even told Don she was scared of Guy. Guy is shocked to learn his wife had a fortune in the bank, and that her jewellery was worth a lot of money. Melissa had left a deed box, containing an IOU for Felix, and a note informing guy about Peter Antrobus, from small village Elvingale. Guy heads there to investigate, discovering Peter is a school boy.
Beautifully acted, it plays out like a stage play, it's so watchable, the opening episode is wonderfully intriguing, the stage is set for the forthcoming web of mystery and intrigue. The Party scene is incredibly 70's, the music, clothes etc, such an iconic point in history. Peter Barkeworth is a cut above, he's a fantastic lead.
The relationship is quite touching between Guy and Melissa, even though they're only given a few minutes together it is convincing. Shame Moira Redmond didn't get a tad longer in the episode. Only gripe though, she has the most English sounding South African accent I have ever heard.
It's a brilliant opening episode, a deep intriguing story, with more twists and turns then a roller-coaster. 10/10
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