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11 x 60 minute episodes
Debuting on Friday 3 July 1970, this anthology of hour-long dramas from Granada Television used confessions of many kinds as the central theme.
The debut episode, ‘The Python Method’, told the story of eminent young scientist Professor Alan Whitelaw (Keith Barron) due to leave on a mission behind the Iron Curtain when his personal life begins to disintegrate.
‘Death of a Ladies’ Man’ featured John Collin as George Bartlett, a driving instructor just returning home from doing time for killing his wife.
‘The Fell Sergeant” was the story of Sergeant Hurby (Donald Pleasence), a policeman obsessed with uncovering the mystery of a wealthy man’s disappearance from his fellside home.
‘Allergy’ featured three pseudo-Marxists self-exiled in a Scottish barn to work out their literary futures: Brother Jim (Gordon Jackson) was rewriting Marx, Brother Chris (Maurice Roëves) was pretending to what would obviously never be written, and Barbara (Hannah Gordon) was really just there for a dirty, but ideologically perfect, weekend.
Other episodes starred Windsor Davies, Michael Gambon, Sally James, Jack Hedley, Maurice Denham, Carmel McSharry, Nina Baden-Semper, Calvin Lockhart and Judi Dench.
The Python Method | Death of a Ladies’ Man | You and Your Old German | People Who Visit Glass Houses | Death of a Dog | Just as the Sun Was Rising | Under the Carpet | The Fell Sergeant | Allergy | The Wind Blew Her Away | Neighbours