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Death by the Seaside.
Colonel March is trying hard to relax on a beach, but a conversation with young lad is followed by a suspicious death.
It's a decent episode, there's nothing in this one I would say makes it feel unique or different, the twist is good when it comes, but the events are pretty straightforward to predict.
Ewan Roberts is always great value as Inspector Ames, he's such a charismatic actor, a clear, strong personality, and that accent is wonderful.
Richard O'Sullivan is instantly recognisable as the young boy on the beach. You can easily see who he is.
Fancy introducing yourself as being from The Department of Queer complaints, it does make me chuckle when Karloff utters it.
Ill met by moonlight.
An American in Paris, down on his luck encounters a strange man at a Casino, a bizarre meeting between the two leads to a death.
I enjoyed this one, it's a clever plot, and some very interesting points. Sometimes the episodes in this series can be a little formulaic, this one is far from that, it follows no real pattern of any kind.
Always nice to see Goron in an episode, I believe this was his final appearance on the series. Great to see Anton Diffring in an episode, he was silent in the last I'd seen him in, so much charisma.
It was always going to be interesting to see just how the fountain was going to play a part, and it did.
Very good, 7/10.
Do you like cactuses?
The Stolen Crime is one of my favourites, it's an incredibly traditional, and formulaic episode, but the premise is a truly interesting one. A man calls on March explaining how be has the perfect crime, soon after she dies.
Glyn Houston is excellent here as the central character, and actor I am a fan of, he's quite a dashing chap in his younger years.
1956, it could have easily been 1926.
Amy Dalby is glorious as dotty Aunt Josephine, you can't help but think of the old dear in The Ladykillers. She's wonderfully eccentric, but the performance is sincere.
Totally enjoyable episode, 8/10.
Death and the other Monkey starts off on pretty straightforward fashion, but as it develops it becomes slightly bonkers, that's about the best word for it.
The slightly hard to believe events, such as the other Monkey are hard to fathom, but the conclusion of this one is fiendishly clever, it is worth persevering with some of this one's foibles, because the ending is definitely worth it.
Nicely acted as always, the class of Karloff once again shines through, his irritations with The Detective on the case cause a few moments of humour.
Great ending, 7/10.
Having never seen some of the earlier years, I now know why people laughed when I said I'd love to see Richard Poole return.
There's a new detective in town, the only parallel I can draw is from Doctor Who, the scene where Tom Baker, the best for many, regenerates into a younger, fresh faced Peter Davison. I felt that year, I would come to like Davison in time, same with Marshall.
It's actually a terrific mystery, it's just a bit hard to take in after THE event.
A really good cast, they went with some cast experience for Series three's opener.
Kris Marshall is very likeable, he's a bit of a tool in this episode, falling through windows and walking into things, but he did a grand job, and didn't overplay it.
Satisfying, if a little bit slow.
A strange death in a bar leads March and Giron to a silent order of monks.
Colonel March, a definite Francophile is once again helping The French Police with a case.
It's quite nice mystery, I liked the tone, the setting, and of course it's nice to see Colonel March placed in a little bit of danger. It is somewhat of a paint by numbers murder mystery, it's quite slow moving, and a little frustrating that one of the main suspects is from a silent order.
A really lovely cast here including Zena Matthews and Anton Diffring. Really nice to see Pohlmann back as Inspector Goron.
Nice, if a bit slow. 6/10.
A good old fashioned pot boiler.
Colonel March isn't necessarily the first person you would associate with a spell at the beauty parlour, but that's the setting for this mystery.
It's a typical, good old fashioned pot boiler. March is caught up in a feud between a young widow, and her tyrannical mother in law, equal partners in the salon.
I can understand why this isn't everyone's favourite, but it has its feet very firmly on the ground, a good old fashioned tale of family fallout.
Elspet Grey is lovely as Joanna, you will recognise her by that glorious voice straight away.
Rather enjoyable, 7/10.
Colonel March is a man of many talents.
Someone has stabbed Lord Telford, his death is hanging over those close to him, the only course of action to protect the innocent, hypnotism.
Where on Earth did that ending come from, talk about straight out of left field. We were given no clues, and no information, that outcome had me well and truly flummoxed.
I spent most of this episode wondering how nice it would be for an investigator to not have to investigate the crime, but to watch it play out in real time, how much work would that concept actually save.
An Interesting concept, and I did appreciate the twist at the end, overall, pretty good. 6/10.
It ends with a cracking episode.
I realise that I've been watching these out of sequence, and that this was actually the final episode that was made, well all you can say is that they ended on a high, and what a shame that they didn't return for more.
A very simple premise, a twelve year old boy hears the voice of his dead father, and that voice tells him to commit a heinous crime, one of murder.
I've not seen them all, but of those I have watched, this has been my favourite this far, I loved the story, love how wonderfully twisted and macabre it is, the idea of manipulating someone innocent to commit a crime, that's fiendishly clever.
There is a germ of an idea here that could be used to make a modern day mystery or thriller.
This was very, very good. 8/10.
The Last Weekend (2012)
It's a nail biting drama.
This is a terrific three part drama, it's twisted and full of secrets, and unexpected twists.
What starts off as a case of bitterness and rivalry soon turns into something altogether more sinister and twisted, friendly rivalry, hidden passions, all are on hand here.
Interesting the way the story is told, you get an account from Ian, he will guide you through events, from his point of view.
It gets more and more dramatic with every episode, concluding with a nail biting final part. The end of part two may be upsetting for some. You learn more about Ian as time goes on.
Two of the best, Shaun Evans and Rupert Penry Jones, Evans arguably steals it, but Penry Jones is just as good.
Loved it, 9/10.
The Last Weekend: Sunday/Monday (2012)
Secrets and lies.
Ollie is well and truly wound up by his so called friend, Ollie is pushed to the point where he lets rip at the dinner table.
Oooh this was a brilliant final episode, I absolutely loved it, and got totally lost in its tangled web of lies and deceit. What started off as a rather petulant story of friendly rivalry turns into something a whole lot darker, and more hate fuelled.
That dining table scene was amazing, the look on Ian's face throughout, awesome acting, the look of glee on his his face as he watched his friend let rip.
Penry Jones is arguably the star of the show in this episode, Evans has been allowed to run riot throughout, but this showcases the brilliance of Rupert.
I'm not sure I'll ever be able to watch Endeavour in the same way ever again.
Nail biting, brilliant, 9/10.
The Last Weekend: Saturday (2012)
That fateful Bank Holiday weekend.
Milo has arrived on hand to add in yet another later of tension and complication, the reason for Ian's current lack of good spirits is explained.
It is getting better and better, you will see a definite switch as you watch, the source of mania and anger we had in the first episode migrates to the other man.
Olly began as the figure of anger initially, this time round Ian shows a much darker side.tk his character.
Terrific acting throughout, Shaun Evans is a hugely impressive man, his acting is incredible, those monologues of his are the best part for me, he looks so rough, nice to hear his natural accent.
Loving it, 8/10.
Wait, did he just say Mars?
Wait you've been in touch with who!!!!!!!
Colonel March visits a Professor who's made contact with Mars,
The plot is bonkers, surely more a case for Doctor Who rather than a humble mortal from Scotland Yard.
The actual case itself, which is actually just a locked room mystery is clever, it's a good mystery, it's just a little lost against the noise of contact with Mars.
Despite it being as far fetched as...... it's actually a rather enjoyable mystery, it doesn't hang around for a minute, it's well paced, with some rather nice ideas.
Nicely acted, with a good cast, always nice to see a young Rosalie Crutchley, what a long career she enjoyed.
Zany, good fun, 7/10.
Very much a what If story, what if there were two Mona Lisa's, how much would a private collector be prepared to pay.
This was an enjoyable episode, with Colonel March in place to prevent a crime, as opposed to dealing with a crime after the fact.
You know some sort of swizz is going to take place, you just don't know how, or who is on hand, fortunately the incredibly clever Colonel is on hand, with a rather unexpected device.
I have literally just watched Eric Pohlmann in an episode where he played a Detective, he had a lot more to do here.
It's a different format, as there's no murder, and no mystery to solve, this one's more a chance for March to show off his cleverness.
I thought this episode was rather fun, 7/10.
A busman's holiday for March.
Colonel March is holidaying in France, but rather than relaxing, he gets involved in a murder, the only clue to hand is a Sailor's hat.
I didn't love this one a great deal I'm afraid to say, the opening was excellent, and definitely the best part, the bulk of the story was rather disappointing, the links and clues were paper thin. Karloff himself doesn't look hugely engaged here.
Eric Pohlmann is definitely wasted as Inspector Goron, before watching this I watched Carry on Spying, he was better served even in that.
It's a Cinderella story...... of sorts.
You look like old Mother Riley!!!
Albert's been on the fiddle, and time is running out with him, as the island revenue have caught up with him.
It's definitely a classic, trouble is they were all classics during this time, this is just another example of the brilliance that was Steptoe and Son. It looks as if the pair had a lot of fun making this one.
Albert looks hilarious in that getup, he makes for an incredibly funny Gladys.
Colin Gordon is incredible as Mr Greenwood, that scene where he quickly gets smashed and starts slurring, it's incredibly funny.
A classic, 9/10.
The Last Weekend: Friday (2012)
The weekend begins.
Hidden rivalries, sexual tension, and unfinished business, just some of the problems that arise when two former University mates meet up for the weekend with their respective partners.
I thought this was a cracking start, there is something almost old fashioned about the format of it. We're posed with some intriguing questions, who's in the box? How on Earth did these two become friends in the first place? What exactly happened with the relationships back in the Uni days?
I love the way the story is told, Shaun Evans, what a magical actor he is, I'm keen to watch anything he's in, particularly in his pre Endeavour years.
Intriguing start, 8/10.
Scooby Doo would be proud.
A group of Mountaineers are tormented by a fabled creature, The Abominable snowman!
It really is as ludicrous a plot as it sounds. If ever you wanted to watch a real time epsiode of Scooby Doo this is it. Colonel March plays the role of Freddy, watch it, and see what you think, the parallel is exact, even down to the unveiling.
Lots of absurd moments, but part of me did enjoy the scene at the film screening where the 'creature' first appears, that was rather fun.
It's always wonderful to see Olaf Pooley on screen, but bless him, he's not given the best of parts here is he!
Daft, but a wee bit of fun! 5/10.
Coronation Street (1960)
A sad echo of what if used to be.
I've joyfully sat through some of the classic years on Britbox, 10/10 quality viewing, with glorious characters, uplifting storylines, it represented pure escapism, it was watched by huge audiences, it was wonderful.
Skip forward to 2020..........
What on Earth have they done to it, why on Earth do people watch it, what a horrible, trashy show. You wonder why on Earth people don't move away from the place, murder, arson, rape... Is this the teatime entertainment people want to sit down and watch? Clearly not, as millions have switched it off.
Dear writers, the occasional, big storyline is great, but every other week? Please tone it down, add a little more fun into it, you never know, people may switch it back on.
1990 9/10 2020 3/10
Fair score 6/10.
A model murder.
Colonel March receives a plea from a model for help, the following day she's found dead.
This is such an imaginative story, it's well thought out, fast paced, and generally satisfying to watch. What's nice about this episode, is how much Colonel March is present, he's been a bit player in the few I've watched, he's very central here.
The main reason for watching this, is for the cast, Boris Karloff and Christopher Lee, and it's not a horror, the pair are fantastic, the charisma is there in abundance.
You also get Fanny Rowe, known for Fresh Fields and After Henry, and the velvet voiced Peter Dyneley, famous I would argue as one of the voices behind Thunderbirds.
It's a very enjoyable short mystery. 8/10.
A great start to the story.
Young Student Nurse Heather Pearce is very righteous on the surface, but scratch the surface, and she's a dangerous adversary.
It's one of my favourite Dalgleish stories, possibly my favourite of all, it's a great story, I love the hospital setting.
What's surprising is how little Marsden is actually in it, he isn't actually needed as the characters are so atrong. The hospital story is so wonderfully interesting. Student Nurse Pearce is a terrific character, I'm a big fan of Deborah Findlay.
My interest was instantly grabbed when I saw the cast list, Joss Ackland, Liz Fraser, and Sheila Allen, but check out the student nurses, some real talent there. Allo Allo's Richard Marner is good, nice to see him in a role outside of the sitcom.
I haven't long watched Cover her Face, not one of my favourites, this one though is, great start 9/10.
Watch out for John Laurie.
I rather liked this episode, I definitely preferred it to the first episode I watched. It's a nice character driven story, one with some nice themes and good ideas.
A woman, who's in a love triangle, is haunted by the spirit of her recently departed husband.
This reminded me of something I had watched recently, it came to me, an episode of Murder she wrote, called Reflections of the Mind, it's virtually the same plot.
Nice to see John Laurie before he became famous for Dad's Army, Karloff doesn't actually play a big part here.
Rather good, they keep things rather low key, it could have easily been overly dramatic. 7/10.
A Mother's Son (2012)
A Mother's Son is a very good two part drama series. It deals with the murder of a young girl, the prime suspect, a young man, who's mother had her doubts.
The premise is a very good one, you have the doubts of mother Rosie, and you have the conflict of the two aspects of the family.
It's a good, solid mystery, it doesn't really have the twists or any suspense, it relies more on doubt, and the conflict that's arisen in the family.
I'm not sure if anyone else did, but I got a Broadchurch vibe, particularly in the early stages, the small gripe I had was the involvement of the Police, they were there one minute.....
Very well acted, Clunes, Norris and McGann are all great. Young Alexander Arnold is terrific as Jamie.
Well worth a watch, 8/10.
A Mother's Son: Episode #1.2 (2012)
It's a good conclusion.
Rosie and Ben begin to grow further apart. Each aides with their own kids.
It's very good, but I preferred the first episode, the family struggle was interesting, The Police involvement was perhaps a little underused.
Earlier on, it posed the question about how far we would go to keep our kids safe, we see just how far Rosie would go.
Overall it's been a good watch, it could have perhaps benefited from being a bit longer. 7/10.
A Mother's Son: Episode #1.1 (2012)
A brilliant start.
How far would you go to protect one of your kids, would you protect them if you thought they were guilty of murder?
I thought this was an excellent start to this two part drama. Two families have joined together, and naturally all is not well, throw in the murder, and suspicions, and you have problems.
Who killed Lorraine? Plenty of suspects for us to consider at this early stage.
Wonderful acting by all, Clunes, Norris and McGann all excellent.
I get a Broadchurch vibe early on here, bit sure if anyone else feels it too?
Loved it, 9/10.