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Strange Report Episode 12: Sniper: When Is Your Cousin Not?

Sniper Title Shot

A gunshot into the heart of the student movement in the Peoples Republic stirs up anger across the country. Strange is met by a fake relative trying to convince him to go to the Peoples Republic, knowing that this was a trick Strange followed along to see why he was beckoned. He is then asked to investigate the death of a student who lead the fight for freedoms and rights against the powerful government. The trail of evidence lays paths of confusion as alibis and motive interlock in one of Strange’s most difficult case. With the regime looking over Strange’s shoulder, the pressure to find out the killer is growing steadily. It could be anyone.

Personal Synopsis

This episode is a generic student uprising show where the head representative is killed by possibly any of a number of people. I didn’t really like this episode much, maybe for its similarities to other Strange Report episodes and the vagueness of the details of the story. The “People’s Republic” is the setting of this story but I can’t believe the writers couldn’t at least make up a name for a stereotypical eastern block country, especially instead of the generic name they gave it. There is a good cast in this episode, one of my favourites Martin Shaw and a classic ITC actor Alan MacNaughton but also Vladek Sheybal who always adds a creepiness to any story.

Starring

Original Air-Date: 14 December 1969

Directed by Peter Medak

Written by Nicholas Palmer

Adam Strange- Anthony Quayle

Hamlyn Gynt- Kaz Garas

Evelyn McLean- Anneke Wills

Marisha- Lelia Goldoni

Kulik- Vladek Sheybal

Olenka- Kika Markham

Savi- Martin Shaw

Colonel Vajda- Alan MacNaughton

Pavel Gordy- Sandor Elès

Taran- Michael Turner

Security Man- John Abineri

TV Studio Manager- Michael Sheard

Cafe Proprietor- Rod Beacham

Medical Student- Scott Fredericks

Hotel Proprietress- Joan Newell

Source: IMDB, Wikipedia

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Strange Report Episode 11: Report 1553 Racist: A Most Dangerous Proposal

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A minister is killed by an assassin at a party hosted by the daughter of an outspoken racist Glyn Crowley. The gun found near the scene belongs to Mr Crowley and he cant supply a concrete alibi for himself during the time the murder took place. Officials are weary about arresting Crowley because of his apparent willingness to get arrested, ultimately making him a martyr for his racist cause. Lately Crowley’s rhetoric has become louder and louder as he tries to incite anger and resentment for the black migrants coming into England. There must be a way to hold back the anger towards the migrants but still allow free speech. But free speech cannot be used to break the law.

Personal Synopsis

This episode is another episode in this series that touches on some issues that would have been very present in England, especially when this was filmed. Freedom does not allow all freedoms that one could imagine. Freedom needs to be culled into an understanding that fits within the areas beliefs and understanding. Of course as time progresses, a society needs to adjust its laws to enable an even spread for those governed under those laws. Especially for the minorities.

Starring

Original Air-Date: 7 December 1969

Directed by Peter Duffell

Written by Howard Dimsdale

Adam Strange- Anthony Quayle

Hamlyn Gynt- Kaz Garas

Evelyn McLean- Anneke Wills

Jill Crowley- Jane Merrow

Glyn Crowley- Guy Doleman

Sir George Davies- Griffith Jones

Drake- Karl Held

Brandt- Clive Francis

Margaret- Cleo Sylvestre

Rick- Ram John Holder

Barbara- Sarah Marshall

Canon Lewis- Philip Ross

Inspector Mathews- Frank Gatliff

American Athlete- Kenneth Gardnier

Guard- Michael Goldie

Source: IMDB, Wikipedia

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Strange Report Episode 10: Report 8944: Hand – A Matter of Witchcraft

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Strange is called in for a “strange” murder. A young girl is found dead with a symbol written on the wall above her body. The story calls for recognition of witches and rituals that can cost lives. Research is causing Strange to worry that this death will not be the last, in fact two others are required for the ritual. Strange asks Evelyn to join the company that the dead woman was working with at the time of her death. After another death, a known witch aficionado, it became clear that the suspicions were going in the right direction. An incident that happened 30 years before is very similar to the current case and there is a suspicious connection with someone at the art studio where Evelyn works now. Evelyn is in trouble so there is no time to lose.

Personal Synopsis

An episode of murder, ritual and witchery. It is interesting to note that witches being used as the villains will always reduce the story’s credibility but it is fun to imagine the complex nature of the supernatural.  I wasn’t as fond of this episode as I hoped but the story was strong did draw my interest. The acting from the supporting cast was above par and I was surprised by the cinematography display the spooky effects during the story.

Starring

Original Air-Date: 30 November 1969

Directed by Peter Duffell

Written by Edward DeBlasio

Adam Strange- Anthony Quayle

Hamlyn Gynt- Kaz Garas

Evelyn McLean- Anneke Wills

Miss Dalton- Renée Asherson

Inspector Graves- Keith Barron

Edna Nightingale- Rosalind Atkinson

Joanna- Cecilia Darby

Mrs. Brearley- Helen Lindsay

Brinkley- Alfred Bell

Professor Marks- Charles Lloyd Pack

Dean- Carleton Hobbs

Labratory Assistant- Richard Coe

Police Sergeant- Peter Welch

Russian Woman- Malya Woolf

Birthday Girl Victim- Maxine Casson

Source: IMDB, Wikipedia

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Strange Report Episode 9: Report 1021: Shrapnel – The Wish in the Dream

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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?

Personal Synopsis

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.

Starring

Original Air-Date: 23 November 1969

Directed by Brian Smedley-Aston

Written by Jan Read

Adam Strange- Anthony Quayle

Hamlyn Gynt- Kaz Garas

Evelyn McLean- Anneke Wills

Carol Webber- Sylvia Syms

Paul Webber- Gerald Flood

Leo Genn- Leo Genn

Inspector Purcell- Bryan Marshall

Joey Bengamin- Barry Fantoni

Professor Marks- Charles Lloyd Pack

The Jeweller- Ian Gray

The Coroner- John Dunbar

Valet Manager- Reginald Barratt

Messenger Boy- Michael Holden

Source: IMDB, Wikipedia

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Strange Report Episode 8: Report 2475 Revenge: When a Man Hates

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Outside of prison awaits the loving wife of a convicted criminal with dreams of starting a new life together.  This is only a dream since the thought of revenge is the main focal point of her husband. Strange is made aware of a burglary at a gunsmith with a connection to Strange himself. The authorities are worried that someone is trying to take Strange out due to his history of putting criminals in prison. The wife of  the release criminal is becoming more and more suspicious about the activities of her husband and seeks to find out what is going on. Murders of a judge and prosecutor clearly point to the revenge being taken out by the released criminal. Its now important for Strange to find him if only to save his own life.

Personal Synopsis

This story is a classic theme of revenge towards the law enforcement whom put the criminal behind bars. The failure to blame oneself and blame others is a common act in human nature but rarely does it have such ramifications. The episode is filled with great performances by Rosemary Leach as Mary Hanson and by Julian Glover as the eccentric criminal James Hanson.  I found the story interesting to watch but its style is in the “dunnit” form where both sides of the story are played out nearly simultaneously leaving very little mystery as to what will happen.

Starring

Original Air-Date: 9 November 1969

Directed by Charles Crichton

Written by Martin Hall

Adam Strange- Anthony Quayle

Hamlyn Gynt- Kaz Garas

Evelyn McLean- Anneke Wills

James Hanson- Julian Glover

Mary Hanson- Rosemary Leach

Inspector Jenner- John Thaw

Churchill- James Cossins

Mrs Rogers- Gabrielle Hamilton

Brinkley- Alfred Bell

Secretary- Geraldine Sherman

Michael- Wade Barker

Bill- Richard Beaumont

Antrobus- Llewellyn Rees

Office Boy- Stephen Whittaker

Source: IMDB, Wikipedia

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