Pauline Cox (Tracy Hyde, former child star of 1971’s Melody) accompanies Mike Robins (Mark Hardy) to a village cricket match at Charthurst Green, Kent, in 1966 but becomes bored and wanders away.
She ends up at the local railway halt, where she is first entertained to tea by the garrulous but socially awkward station keeper (Bill Wallis) who collects garden gnomes, then upset by the intrusion of the latter’s assistant Ewen (Clive Mantle), who proceeds to kill a rabbit in front of her.
Making her way back to the cricket match, Pauline is waylaid by the simple-minded Ewen as she crosses an apple orchard. When his advances become violent, she tries to fight him off and he strangles her.
That evening, the station keeper discovers Ewen with Pauline’s body in the shack where he lives and helps him to bury the corpse in the orchard. Later, however, Ewen inadvertently betrays himself: the body is disinterred by the police and Ewen breaks down hysterically.
Years later, the hunchback, who has disavowed Ewen, encourages the friendship of another village youth.
Standing 6’ 5”, Clive Mantle soon found himself typecast, playing Little John in Robin Hood and Frankenstein’s monster, before landing a regular role in TV’s Casualty as Dr Mike Barrett.
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