Armchair Thriller - Rachel In Danger  [DVD]
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With memorable and unsettling opening credits, 'Armchair Thriller' became a massive hit for Thames Television in the late 1970s and early 1980s. With its trademark ghoulish cliff hangers and iconic theme tune (by Roxy Music's Andy Mackay), this haunting anthology series was an immediate success, its eerie, disturbing tales regularly attracting over 15 million viewers. For many, this series remains a high-watermark of dramatic television and its many frightening and spooky moments are remembered by viewers nearly thirty years after its original transmission. In this 1978 episode Peter Warmington (Neville Jason), recently returned from South America, bumps into an old friend called Juan (Stephen Greif). Unfortunately, Juan is not the friend he seems: he murders Peter, stealing his identity as a means to effect a political assassination. Things are going well and then, unexpectedly, Warmington's estranged, ten-year-old daughter (Delia Low) arrives...
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This is the first story of Season 1 and involves a young girl (Rachel) travelling to London to meet her father who she has not seen for many years. Meanwhile her father is being bumped off and his identity stolen by the murderer. While the story is rooted in a late-70s world of far-left terrorists obsessed with 'deviationists' and bumping people off on the sly in parks, this still manages to chill.
Hopefully Network will release the whole series, especially "Quiet as a Nun".
Rachel In Danger gets the series off to a perfect start as it more or less lays the foundations for the remainder of the stories - it chills and oozes tension in equal measure, and in many ways the plot is reminiscent of many an Agatha Christie novel or Alfred Hitchcock movie. Good performances from a strong cast help carry it along really quite nicely, with Stephen Greif giving a deliciously evil performance as the smooth-talking south american assassin Juan, who remains cool and calm throughout after having murdered his old friend Peter Walmington (Neville Jason), as well as having to assume the role of father figure to Peters' young daughter Rachel whilst hatching a plot with a group of terrorists to commit a political assassination. But little does the killer realise that the child is no fool and is one step ahead of their plans...
An interesting piece of casting is that of Gwynneth Powell as the WPC who becomes Rachels' saviour during the story and whom she goes to for help as events start to unfold - she's better known still to this day as Mrs.McCluskey, the long-serving headmistress of Grange Hill!Read more ›
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I remembered these mainly for the Thames tv trademark picture, made specially into a moonlit view of the Thames scene for this series, whereas the picture of the Thames was shown... Read morePublished on 6 May 2008 by Music Lover.
BLACK NUN! BLACK NUN! BLACK NUN! Come on, the rest were good, but GET TO THE POINT!! When's "Quiet as a nun" coming out?Published on 16 Feb. 2008 by K. Keltie