1 9 6 9 (UK)
6 x 30 minute episodes
This six-part thriller series was produced by BBC Scotland and set during the 1967 Edinburgh Festival.
Maurice Roëves starred as Scobie – a lazy, irresponsible, failing artist who found himself embroiled in a dangerous and complex assassination conspiracy. To make matters worse, his brother was murdered, he was framed for theft and on the run from the police, and his wife, Judy (Hannah Gordon) wanted a divorce.
Judy’s father, Munro (Bryden Murdoch) – who owned a thriving wine business and an art gallery – didn’t like Scobie.
Other key characters included the sinister Pandorus (Anton Diffring); South American patron of the arts, Senor Pereira (Gerard Heinz); Detective Sergeant Turner of the Edinburgh CID (John Grieve); Superintendent Slackhand of Special Branch (Garfield Morgan); and hired killer ‘The Watchmaker’ (Fulton Mackay).
A four-part sequel – The Scobie Man – was produced in 1972.
Sir James Thorne
Detective Sergeant Turner