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Hopjoy Was Here: Part 2/Lonelyheart 4122: Part 1 

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After solving the mystery of the missing Hopjoy, Chief Inspector Purbright turns his attention to a "lonely hearts" killer, whose next victim might be the fragile-seeming Miss Teatime. But she's deceptive.


Ronald Wilson


Richard Harris (dramatisation), Colin Watson (novel)


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Anton Rodgers ... Detective Inspector Purbright
Christopher Timothy ... Detective Sergeant Love
Moray Watson Moray Watson ... Chief Constable Chubb
John Comer ... Sergeant Malley
John Normington ... Gordon Periam
Lynn Farleigh ... Doreen Periam
Gary Watson ... Ross
Michael Robbins ... Pumphrey
John Tordoff John Tordoff ... Warlock
Barbara Bolton Barbara Bolton ... Miriam Cork
Lynn Dearth Lynn Dearth ... Bernadette Croll
Stephanie Cole ... Sister Horton
Brenda Bruce ... Lucilla Teatime
John Carson ... Rex
Gillian Martell Gillian Martell ... Sylvia Staunch


Purbright and Love locate Hopjoy's car which has been borrowed by his house mate Gordon Periam who, it seems, is on his honeymoon having married his fiancée after the recent death of his mother. Periam thinks nothing of Hopjoy's absence as thee were frequent and sometimes lengthy. They soon start to pull together the information they need to solve the case. The forensic analysis reveals that blood found in the bathroom was from a pig as were the acidified remains found in the drains. In fact, a pig had been stolen from a nearby farm as was a carboy of acid from a garage. Hopjoy was heavily in debt as well owing respectable sums to all types of merchants in the village. It all leads Purbright to an inevitable conclusion. The police are soon onto a new case when when a middle-aged woman, Mrs. Banister, apparently disappeared. The case has similarities with the disappearance of another 2 months previously. Written by garykmcd

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Crime | Drama | Mystery



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15 May 1977 (UK) See more »

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Most unusually, instead of treating "Hopjoy Was Here" as a story spread over two full episodes, this episode terminates the "Hopjoy" storyline some 35 minutes into the show and devotes the remaining quarter-hour or so to the beginning of the next story, "Lonelyheart 4122", which terminates at the end of the following week. The other two stories in the series both occupy two full episodes. See more »


Detective Inspector Purbright: I don't know how this Hopjoy rates as a counter-espionage agent, but if he puts in only half the effort he puts into fornication and insolvency, then I reckon Russia's had it.
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Clever solution, intriguing next episode.
20 July 2018 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

The first episode set the seen beautifully. Murder comes to the sleepy English Village of Flaxborough. Scratch the Surface, and more is going on, espionage, disappearing agents etc. The case is undertaken and solved by good old fashioned Detective work, with the enigmatic Inspector Purbright carrying out his duties with strict attention to detail. It does a good job at putting traditional Policing centre stage, almost mocking the Secret Service, and all the rigmarole that accompanies it.

Anton Rodgers fantastic once again, Chris Timothy and John Normington great also, Derek Waring's Doctor Meadow was perhaps a little annoying, Squire.

I loved the little interlude into the next episode, just enough of a teaser to make you want to find out what's going on, and what fate awaits the woman trapped in the house.

A great story. 9/10

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