After missing teenager Mary Claverton is found murdered her parents tell Gently they believe she was about to run off with an older boyfriend. Married music teacher Logan is mentioned but he has an alibi for the murder. Mary and her school-friends were regular audience members at 'Upside Down', a local pop music TV show, hosted by the oily Tony, who also briefly met Mary when he tried to hit on her and was rejected. Another suspect is headmaster Peter Holdaway, father of Mary's best friend, who had an affair with another, literary-minded, school-girl years earlier and fathered a child. One of the suspects makes a confession but Gently believes that this is to protect the real killer.
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Did You Know?
The band "The Walking Dead" who wrote and performed several songs in the Upside Down TV studio, was played by the group "Siblings" from Ashbourne in Derbyshire. The guitarist is now an established producer and composer for TV and media called Bobby Eccles. See more
One of the television studio technicians was a woman. Women did work in TV in 1964, but mostly as actresses, secretaries, or script typists. See more
Can you remember why your mother left?
Yes... she couldn't cope with the new bairn, I think. Hazel was only two. She was mentaly unstable. My mother was mentally unstable. Poor Daddy!
Where is she now?
Who knows? The snow melts, and then where is it?
References Julius Caesar
You Really Got a Hold of Me
Written by Smokey Robinson
Performed by The Rash See more