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A Master of the Marionettes 



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kenneth Cranham ... Teddy
Kenneth Colley ... Inspector Tennyson
Carol Drinkwater ... Maggie
John Duttine ... Tim
David Bradley ... Harry
Noel Collins ... Ray
Lennox Greaves Lennox Greaves ... Billy
Sean Chapman ... Danny
Elaine Donnelly ... Christine
Peter Hughes Peter Hughes ... Mortimer
Lloyd McGuire ... Jack
John Cunningham John Cunningham ... Oswald
Richenda Carey ... Ann
Peter Yapp Peter Yapp ... Peter
Simon James ... Det Sgt Day


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18 April 1989 (UK) See more »

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Bitter, biting, bloody good
8 February 2003 | by hewa-1See all my reviews

This intense little BBC character thriller treads territory largely familiar from films like "Under Suspicion" and others, except that it's small, sharp, modest, and far better. Kenneth Cranham, long a horror movie favorite with his sensual lips and sanguine brow, here plays Teddy, a man who carefully sublimates his energies into being a master salesman, who prides himself as being, as the hoary story he likes to tell explains it, the 'master of marionettes', the man in control. Underneath his fast-talking, in-control veneer however lives a man with a buried past and buried furies that may or may not have boiled to the surface when a young man is viciously attacked with a chisel; everyone sees Teddy trying to save his life, but was he possibly the man who assaulted him? Why would he do it? Inspector Tennyson thinks he knows why, and determines to grind Teddy down into confession.

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