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Sykes: Cat (1972)
Season 1, Episode 13
7/10
Cat night
30 August 2017
Though not the best of episodes its worth seeing for the wackiest of identification parades conducted of course by Derek Guyler as Korky Turnball. There are some moments of delightful silliness at the police station that are so peculiar to 'Sykes'. As usual everything ties in nicely with the plot and even the sink plunger becomes useful for an improvised solution.
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Sykes: Dream (1972)
Season 1, Episode 11
8/10
Love-sick 'Sykes
30 August 2017
Delightfully mad story of unrequited soppy 'love' which all began when a dog bit Eric's bottom. Dream sequences of cinematic heroism, love poetry and initial shyness about a lady doctor seeing him without his trousers make for a sumptuous frolic from 'Sykes'.

Prescribed for comedy nostalgia.
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Sykes: Uncle (1972)
Season 1, Episode 2
8/10
Snobbery and deceit and good fun
30 August 2017
It says much about the quality of this series that Roy Kinnear and John Le Measurier (then married to Hattie Jacques) both feature in this episode. A nice mess built around a golf cub and snobbery. Like many of the best of 'Sykes' this is more like watching a short, compelling movie rather than situation comedy norm of the present era.
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Sykes: Stranger (1972)
Season 1, Episode 6
8/10
They don't make TV like this anymore
28 August 2017
Probably of more worldwide interest than usual because of the guest appearance by Peter Sellers, but the antics of Eric Sykes in a ladies wear department provides the jewel in the crown of this memorable piece of farce. Sykes and Hattie Jacques are on top form as is Sellers. Fun packed and crazy half an hour of character comedy.
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8/10
''A man who could get along with so many women''
27 August 2017
Teresa Wright is so extremely charming in this even as she plots and murders. Fun to see her in such a different role. The story doesn't matter that much as its the light and fluffy side of this show. Great actress outshining other beautiful women younger than herself as the other wives.
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The Alfred Hitchcock Hour: An Unlocked Window (1965)
Season 3, Episode 17
8/10
Psychological horror that keeps you guessing
20 August 2017
The whole drama is full of oblique suggestions of how the nurse murderer might be inside or outside at any moment. Time is not spent on building up the psychological portraits of the characters like in other episodes but instead invites the mind of the viewer to keep guessing the outcome of this dark and atmospheric tale. Its all the more of a nightmarish maze to try to solve as sounds of screaming and weather elements keep playing with the mind.

Solid horror.
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6/10
One to take with a pinch of salt
19 August 2017
A man and his fiancé play out an elaborate bid to fake his suicide when his business partner threatens prosecution for embezzlement. The leads play this one well and make it clear this is a light entry about empty headed losers. Joanna Moore blends the look of innocence with that of a dumb crook's girl. Self parody of the genre and working better than some of the other episodes that attempt it.
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9/10
A Matter Of Life After Death Fraud By Zira
18 August 2017
The most enjoyable aspect of the show is the chance to see more of many wonderful actresses - in this case Kim Hunter. This really is a showcase for her ability to draw you into a drama a carry it superbly. She seems unstoppable in her plans. This being a straighter story than so many of the highly implausible tangled webs of some others is another reason to like this entry.
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7/10
Dark ,atmospheric entry
14 August 2017
A lot of care obviously put into this episode that has some nice suspenseful moments in the catacombs. Not one to watch if you're recently bereaved, but this macabre entry is an atmospheric and singular one from the pen of the great Ray Bradbury.

Slow building and often with repetitive dialogue about the jurisdictions concerning life and death.

I expected perhaps a little more from the ending, however the ride is enjoyable if macabre.
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The Alfred Hitchcock Hour: Misadventure (1964)
Season 3, Episode 8
6/10
Everything is so wrong and silly it becomes interesting
13 August 2017
In Hitchcock TV a housewife is often very vulnerable. Even answering the door to a gas man in this case is perilous as men are so often wolves in sheep's clothing.

Where to begin? It becomes apparent this is a very odd story when the housewife (played by Lola Albright) lets the intrusive man light her cigarette and lays on the bed with her legs akimbo listening to his plans. The pervading unreality about this is clear from the start as the husband (played by George Kennedy) is just too goofy.

Hitchcock's epilogue had already been prefigured by a line spoken by one of the characters.
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