A friend of Bradley’s is buried to rest, after following a trail to an Italian castle in regards to a stolen antiquity. Gene is compelled to take up this case. The castle is harbouring a Russian icon and some other activity that peaks Bradley’s interest. The amount of security seems overblown for a castle just simply protecting the valuable Russian icon, there must be other reasons.
Russian icons are indeed valuable and do have a history of thefts and forgery crimes associated with them. Icons have shown up often in ITC shows like The Baron and Department S likely because of its notoriety in society and come on, its Russian. Bradley is out trumped by some cool criminal characters in Icons are Forever, and I enjoyed watching it.
Mr Parminter gets an anonymous phone call telling him to be at the wharf and check a package labelled from Gene Bradley. What he discovers calls in to question everything he knew about Bradley. Bradley is more clever than to get caught, so instead he deliberately offers himself to be arrested in order to learn the truth about a Mr. Calloway but he could be risking a fat jail sentence if he fails. He better expose the ring of criminals before the heavy handed justice system takes him down.
Weapons dealers are easy antagonists to add to the series. This Barry Morse directed episode has an air of charm, even with its dark shady shadowy figures hustling guns to countries ripe with revolution. We follow this twist in the story as Bradley goes undercover to uncover the elusive Mr. Calloway and his criminal deeds. Actually a great episode to watch and one of three episodes directed by Mr. Parminter himself Barry Morse.
There is missing money from the accounts of the building fund for the University. A Professor Ballard is suspect of the thefts but there is one problem, he’s dead, burned up in a car accident. His death would naturally close down the questions about the misappropriated funds but its doesn’t. The Professors grieving widow is the object of Gene’s attentions and rightfully so. Recently a known sketchy antiquities dealer has been hanging around the Professor so Gene follows this trail to a number of surprises that go back many years.
Skeleton in the Cupboard is actually an interesting episode that clearly stands out amongst a large number of other episodes of this series. The elements are all right, a fake death (with exploding car), a grieving widow, skeletons, anthropology, a dodgy dealer and a host of good actors. Basil Dignam, a personal favourite, plays the Professor that slowly goes mad thinking about his experiments in human migration. Roy Kinnear, Johnnie Wade and Lance Percival are certainly some great names to me and have done this episode proud. As I have mentioned before, Gene Barry has become a lethargic actor but in this case the story benefits from this subdued character. Fun to watch and I recommend.
Harry calls in the help of the Contessa from far away because of a possible kidnapping of the President. Harry and the team fake the kidnapping to bring out the real extremist into the forefront. But the kidnappers are smart enough to not fall for such a trick. However there may be an even bigger trick that has been played out, with the presidents life at stake.
An episode of a power grab after the death of the leader. This must happen quite a lot but in this case its the presidents wife, a nice twist. The exotic location was enough to keep me interested but the story was relatively simple. All in all this episode was not one of the strongest.
There is a party being held but Paul Webber is not interested in going, even at his wife’s persistence. His work at Halliday’s Chemicals is far more important. That evening, there is a large explosion that engulfs the entire laboratory that Paul Webber was working in, and all thats left are the ashes and the charred remains of a man. Carol Webber is horrified at the loss of her husband and Mr Halliday, the owner of the chemical plant, is all too eager to help in the investigation. Strange investigates some peculiar pieces of evidence that do not coincide with the judgment that this explosion was an accident. George Halliday is no longer so cooperative which stirs the pot of suspicion even further for Strange. Carol is met by occurrence after occurrence that scares her to perceive something is amiss, enough to believe her life is in danger. But why?
Shrapnel is a fantastic episode in this series. It has all the elements that create an interesting murder mystery. A love affair, a explosion, a sketchy trail to answers, and a mystery body. I loved this episode because of these pieces to the story. Gerald Flood was incredibly creepy in this episode and pulled off a stunning performance that Strange Report has only a splattering of throughout the series.