Jason King: Variations On A Theme/As Easy As ABC [VHS] 
Two more cases for flamboyant crime author Jason King (Peter Wyngarde). In 'Variations on a Theme', King finds himself being used as bait for a double agent while visiting Vienna. 'As Easy as ABC' sees a pair of crooks staging a series of crimes based on those committed in King's novels.
Although crime-writer-turned-detective Jason King, as played by the deep-voiced Peter Wyngarde, was the star supporting character of the 1969-70 series Department S, he seemed rather diminished when given a show of his own, thus robbing him of the straight characters necessary to show off his flamboyance. Jason King also ditched the impossible mysteries of the parent series in favour of more ordinary puzzles that the Saint or any other two-fisted hero could have solved without having to spend so much on fabulous fashion gear. That said, Wyngarde is well-matched by his foils, the value-for-money hams Dennis Price and Ronald Lacey, as the government agents who forced Jason to catch villains for them by threatening to turn him in for failing to pay his back taxes on the earnings of his bestsellers. Jason King was also the only hero on television who would take any brutal beating from the bad guys and shrug it off, only to become quite agitated when they threatened to slice his suits to bits.
Volume Three includes: "Variations on a Theme" which involves a double agent in Vienna, with guest stars Ralph Bates and Julian Glover; and "As Easy as ABC", wherein a couple of crooks borrow a robbery scheme from a Jason King novel, with Nigel Green, Michael Bates and Ayesha (UFO) Brough. --Kim Newman
Top Customer Reviews
It is only two episodes so really difficult to recommend if you can get your hands on the full box set.
This is a great introduction to Jason King. The only question is why won't Carlton release more episodes?
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