Guy Foster (Tim Dutton) finds himself in the company of a group of odd and sinisterly exuberant people after getting engaged to the mysterious Melissa McKensie (Jennifer Ehle). Soon, he'll become a suspect in a series of grizzly murders and will have to solve them to clear his name.
Unemployed journalist and aspiring novelist Guy Foster has a minor argument with his wife Melissa and decides to stay home while she attends a party with friends. Later that night, Melissa phones and asks him to join her. Out driving, he comes across the police surrounding a crime scene. A woman has been strangled --it's Melissa. With each twist and turn, Guy is further incriminated: mysterious phone calls, a second dead body, and a psychiatrist who treated Guy for his anger-management problems but he doesn't remember seeing. Guy is desperate to solve the case, but nobody and nothing is what it seems.Written by
Set over three parts, this is a treasure of a drama produced by the BBC back in 1974. From start to finish I will start by saying Peter Barkeworth is utterly outstanding as Guy Foster. A brief outline of the plot, Guy is unable to attend a party with his wife, Melissa, and her friends Paula and Felix Hepburn. Melissa, played by Moira Redmond, appears fairly briefly, as she is found murdered wearing Paula's coat. A wonderful web of mystery and intrigue is spun, as Guy together with the help of Chief Inspector Carter, beautifully portrayed by Philip Voss set out to unravel the mystery, but is guy tied up in his wife's murder. Secrets and red herrings are discovered. Where did Melissa get her money, and what was her relationship with dashing racing driver Don Page? I have loved this murder mystery since I first saw it, and would beg you to watch it if you enjoy a mystery. It does have a slight feeling of a stage play the way it's played out. Joan Benham who plays Paul Hepburn is utterly brilliant, such a socialite, she wears some wonderful outfits, so indicative of the 70's. Ronald Fraser, an actor I absolutely love is wonderful as bungling antique dealer Felix, he and Joan are a wonderful couple. Marcia Ashton's interpretation of Carol Stewart is a little bit over the top and worthy of the stage, but really good fun, and engaging. Melissa is desperately in need of a major remake, along with many other Frances Durbridge dramas. The Channel 4 remake from 1997 was a shambles in comparison, the original story could be wonderfully re-interpreted for today's mass audience.
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