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The Tyrant King 

A strange phone call and a wallet found in an old dark house lead 3 teenagers and their dog to follow a mysterious character across London.






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Series cast summary:
Philip Madoc ...  Scarface 6 episodes, 1968
Murray Melvin ...  Gerald Gould 6 episodes, 1968
Kim Fortune Kim Fortune ...  Peter Thorne 6 episodes, 1968
Candace Glendenning ...  Charlotte Hallen 6 episodes, 1968
Edward McMurray Edward McMurray ...  Bill Hallen 6 episodes, 1968
Carole Boyer Carole Boyer ...  Mrs. Hallen / ... 4 episodes, 1968
Vernon Joyner Vernon Joyner ...  Mr. Hallen / ... 3 episodes, 1968
Edward Evans ...  Mr. Thorne 3 episodes, 1968


A strange phone call and a wallet found in an old dark house lead 3 teenagers and their dog to follow a mysterious character across London.

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3 October 1968 (UK) See more »

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Thames Television See more »
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1.33 : 1
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The source novel by Aylmer Hall, "The Tyrant King - A London Adventure" (published by London Transport in 1967) can be seen advertised on some of the London buses. See more »

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Excruciatingly dull
23 March 2018 | by kmoh-1See all my reviews

As a period piece, this is perhaps beyond criticism. The soundtrack is fascinating to any lover of 60s psychedelia, with Pink Floyd foregrounded (almost every track from A Saucerful of Secrets is sampled at some point), as well as the Moody Blues, Cream and so on. And the lover of London's history gets to see the locations in its 'swinging' period.

But, as a Londoner of the time would say, it ain't half dull. Had the brainwashing techniques of the Ipcress File been adopted by the London Tourist Board, the result wouldn't be too unlike The Tyrant King. Long montages of the three children exploring the Imperial War Museum, or Hampton Court, or St Paul's, are interspersed with dialogue to the effect of how impossible it would be to find the villains in a city the size of London, followed immediately afterwards with the three children bumping into one of them, and then running away. Which makes you wonder why they were looking for them in the first place.

The anorexic plot doesn't help - there is virtually no motivation for the children at all, they just bumble through a series of incredible coincidences, starting with the initial overhearing of a telephone call in an unoccupied house, in which they have no business, at the very moment that someone decided to use its phone. Incredible that this classy production team could create something so spectacularly tedious.

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