Thriller (1973–1976)
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The Carnation Killer 

The Colour of Blood (original title)
A serial killer escapes from the asylum to which he has been confined. He picks a seemingly innocent woman as his next victim, but soon it looks like she's not quite as innocent as he thought.


Robert Tronson


Brian Clemens (created by), Brian Clemens

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Episode cast overview:
Norman Eshley ... Arthur Page
Katherine Schofield ... Julie Marsh
Derek Smith Derek Smith ... Baverstock
Garrick Hagon ... Peter
Geoffrey Chater ... Graham
Malcolm Terris ... Detective Superintendent
Tim Wylton Tim Wylton ... Forbes
A.J. Brown A.J. Brown ... Judge
Roy Sone Roy Sone ... Detective Sergeant
Eric Mason Eric Mason ... Sergeant O'Farrell
Michael Corcoran Michael Corcoran ... Blind Flower Seller
Godfrey Jackman Godfrey Jackman ... Police Constable


Julie Marsh, a lawyer's assistant, has arranged to deliver an inheritance to Mr. Graham. As Julie is unfamiliar with the heir's appearance, he will be wearing a red carnation as identification. Meanwhile, Arthur Page, a convicted serial killer with a great fondness for flowers, escapes from police custody. Julie mistakes Page for Graham. Page goes along with her assumptions, and is thoroughly delighted to accompany his next victim to an isolated spot... Written by L. Hamre

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Release Date:

12 May 1973 (UK) See more »

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The Carnation Killer See more »

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Characters describe the Westerling house as being isolated, and Page says when he looked outside, he couldn't see another building for miles. But when he and Marsh arrived at Westerling, another house was visible right next door. See more »


Arthur Page: I think I may plant carnations all around the house. Red carnations. A sea of them. Like the Red Sea. A blood-red sea.
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A captivating episode.
27 December 2017 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

This is a belter of a story, I continue to be so impressed by Thriller, this is a wonderful episode. The story is so wonderfully dark and gripping. You watch as Julie travels with Arthur, unaware of his past, and the fact that he is a deadly killer with no morals. She feeds his appetite for torture and killing, it's an unnerving watch. I am fast realising what a superb actor Norman Eshley is, in this he is smart, charming, totally captivating, his eyes tell everything about his character's instincts, it is a quite superb performance. A great twist in this episode, it's a truly great watch from start to finish. 9/10

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