Guy Foster's world falls apart when his beloved wife Melissa is murdered. Unfortunately for Guy, all the evidence points to him as the murderer.
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Tony Britton ...  Guy Foster 6 episodes, 1964
...  Paula Hepburn 6 episodes, 1964
Brian McDermott ...  Don Page 6 episodes, 1964
Kerry Jordan ...  Felix Hepburn 5 episodes, 1964
Norman Scace ...  Dr. Norman Swanley 5 episodes, 1964
Elizabeth Weaver ...  Joyce Dean 5 episodes, 1964
...  Chief Insp. Carter 5 episodes, 1964
Richard Wilding ...  Det. Sgt. Gibbs 3 episodes, 1964
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Guy Foster's world falls apart when his beloved wife Melissa is murdered. Unfortunately for Guy, all the evidence points to him as the murderer.

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A fine 60's 6 Part murder mystery.
16 April 2018 | by See all my reviews

I love the works of Frances Durbridge, and for my money, Melissa is the best of his efforts. The master of suspense, intrigue and misdirection got this story spot on, Melissa is the most baffling mystery, which has you tied up in knots until the final reveal. You ask yourself questions all the way through, I can't think of many murder mysteries in recent years that lead you up so many blind alleys.

This version boasts a fine cast, including Tony Britton and Brian Wilde, it has some rather slick production, and of course the wonderful sixties music throughout. As an avid fan of the 1974 version starring the wonderful Peter Barkworth I was stunned to see that the adaptations share the exact same screenplay, and are virtually word for word. So credit where it's due, my love of the dialogue and direction in 1974's production came from this team.

It's the dynamic between Britton and Wilde that works so well for me here, Wilde making Carter a sympathetic character, Britton's Guy Foster a much stronger individual.

There is very little to criticise, 9/10


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