1 9 6 7 (UK)
6 x 25 minute episodes
The ‘M’ in the title stands for manana, meaning “tomorrow”, and typifies a “put-it-off-until-tomorrow” mood of lethargy engendered in hot climes.
Set in a hot and humid summer, the six-part BBC series begins when the premature death of his mysterious client, Mr Hassett, brings a rush of business to the seaside detective agency of Johnny Treherne (Michael Bryant).
Hasset had engaged the lazy, cowardly and slightly seedy Treherne to identify the parties behind a protection racket applying pressure on himself and his business interests. Johnny is now confronted with the realisation that not only has his client been murdered, but the police – led by Inspector Scott (Barry Linehan) and Inspector Spain (Victor Brooks) – believe he is involved in the suspicious death.
Determined to clear his name, he is spurred into action when many “interested parties” approach him to ascertain why Mr Hassett hired him in the first place.
His investigations into the protection racket eventually lead him back to Hassett’s family, and more importantly, Seymour Tancred (Reginald Marsh), Hassett’s business partner and apparently close personal friend.
Joining forces with Hassett’s daughter Verity (Mitzi Rogers), Treherne pursues his enquiries to a logical conclusion and eventually clears his name – but not before he discovers the details of an illicit affair involving Hassett’s widow Candy (Ann Hamilton) and the part she played in her husband’s demise.