Thirty-five years after she supposedly drowned herself, rock star Esme Ford returns to Oxford to secretly re-establish her band Midnight Addiction with former members Richie, Mack and Franco. The secrecy extends to the band's reaction when an orphaned teenage boy is killed outside Richie's house. Then ex-roadie Bone and Richie's daughter's music tutor, who used to write the band's sleeve-notes, are also murdered. Midnight Addiction may well once have been the real thing but several people are definitely not what they first seem to be. Written by
At about 1 hour 28 min, Richie Maguire and DI Robert Lewis are conversing next to a police "panda car". In the shots where the camera is facing Richie Maguire, the antenna is in the vertical position; when the camera is facing DI Robert Lewis, it's laid horizontally on the roof. This is also a factual error because that type of antenna is for window glass mounting only. It cannot operate through a metal car roof, as it is seen. See more »
"Midnight Addiction" Prepares for a Last Hurrah as the Body Count Multiplies
Inside a recording studio in Oxford, engineer Craig Bell (Paul Panting) and students Declan (Daniel Kaluuya) and Lucas Emerton (Tom Kane) take a little time from their schedule to play a game of kidnapping.
At an Oxford church, Vicar Reverend Armstrong's (Nick Malinowski) Sunday service is interrupted by the sounds of gunfire across the neighboring field, as Richie Maguire (David Hayman), a former pop star shoots pigeons, which he claims are not considered as game but nuisances once Detective Inspector Robert Lewis (Kevin Whately) and Detective Sergeant James Hathaway (Laurence Fox) arrive to investigate ongoing complaints against the Sunday hunting ordinance.
Richie Maguire has played keyboard for the Pop band "Midnight Addiction," considered the third most popular British band of its era, during its heyday of approximately 1965 through 1974, before lead singer Esme Ford (Joanna Lumley) reportedly leaped from a cliff into the sea to drown.
But now she suddenly reappears after 35 years, to reunite with Richie and other former band members,Bone (Trevor Byfield), who has been a best friend of Richie for many years, Franco (Anthony Higgins), and Mack Maguire (Hilton McRae), the base guitarist and Richie's brother.
Vernon Oxe (Simon Callow) has managed "Midnight Addiction" from its onset and seems to be the only one to benefit from its record sales. Now Vernon returns to reorganize a comeback session, causing waves from the onset, as he makes demands of Concierge (Philip Correia) at the Randolph Hotel, and offers Samantha Wheeler (Isobel Middleton) a position as publicity agent for the band, while someone leaks information to the tabloids, to the disdain of Chief Superintendent Innocent (Rebecca Front).
Back at the farmhouse, while Esme reacquaints herself with Richie, Bone, Mack and Franco, Richie's domestic assistants, Jo (Jessica Manley), the servant; Jacinta (Renee Montemayor), the maid; and Felipe (Junix Inocian) the chauffeur, electrician, and mechanic for Richie's vintage automobiles, all have their hands full, with trying to help the former band members to keep Esme's secret that she is alive and well....
As does Kitten (Perdita Weeks), daughter of Richie and an Oxford Music student, who submits a large composition to Doctor Frisch (Jane Bertish), of the Oxford University Music Faculty, before Kitten's mother, Caroline (Helen Baxendale), Richie's wife, returns from an extended holiday, and wile fellow student Peter Woodrow (Harry Lloyd) stalks Kitten, blackmailing her for reasons unknown to Lewis and Hathaway.
But when bodies begin to turn up, Lewis and Hathaway, along with Chief Superintendent Innocent and Doctor Laura Hobson (Clare Holman), also have their hands full, trying to connect the murders of the victim of a hit and run automobile homicide, a death by deadly injection, and a strangulation, as Doctor Hobson assesses.
As Lewis and Hathaway test various theories, one common factor among the murders seems to involve the mysterious Maureen Little, whose substance-abusing daughter had died in childbirth years earlier, and now a trail for Maureen seems to end with roadblocks everywhere.
But Lewis and Hathaway's inquisitions seem to prove that very few of the suspects are telling the truth about much of anything, especially as additional lives are threatened, one by a Venezuelan tarantula, which arrives in the mail, another by poison-laced alcohol and a metal sewage disposal apparatus, called a "massulator," and another by rifle fire.
So, how does this string of murders and attempted murders connect, and what other secrets lie in store for exposure, as "Midnight Addiction" enters rehearsals for "Counter Culture Blues?"
The cast is rounded out by Olivia Scott as Receptionist and Shola Adewusi as Cleaner at Maureen Little's former place of employ, Nicholas Briggs as Solicitor at inquest hearing, and Maggie Bell as Singing voice of Esmé Ford (voice).
Comments: Joanna Lumley continuously proves herself as one of the finest actresses of this generation even in an otherwise downbeat and drab entry, in which the investigatory team of regulars appear somewhat forced to perform instead of vacationing or napping, while the balance of the vintage rock band plays depression to the hilt.
Other bright spots include refreshing touches by Jessica Manley, Perdita Weeks and Helen Baxendale, and, of course, who could get enough of Nick Malinowski, Philip Correia, Daniel Kaluuya or Harry Lloyd, who, along with Miss Lumley, could lead you to a repeat watching somewhere down the road?
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