With its eclectic mix of mystery, suspense and the supernatural,
Thriller regularly enthralled Saturday night television
audiences when it originally broadcast between 1973 and 1976...
is an early 1970s anthology series of hour-long suspense tales.
This set of four DVDs contain a total of ten stories from
the first series. The concept was created by Brian Clemens,
who was well-known around this time for TV scriptwriting,
his credits including The Avengers. Here he writes
the majority of the material and supplies ideas for those
few scripted by others.
is very much a product of its time with very formal dialogue
and a static upper-middle to higher class structure. There
are plenty of giant country houses or rich city businessmen.
Pretty much any working class character is a menial serving
his or her 'betters'. However, it is rather refreshing at
times to see problems combated in a gentlemanly manner, with
no unnecessary violence or cursing. It reminds you of the
old Raffles series and makes you wonder if the world
was ever that civilised.
There is a veritable plethora of recognisable names and faces
dotted throughout the series; among them, Robert Powell, T.P.
McKenna, Dennis Waterman, Peter Vaughan, John Le Mesurier,
Linda Thorson, Dinsdale Landen and Maureen Lipman. Thriller
is not as bad as you might expect, but by today's standards
it is long and drawn-out. These average stand-alone episodes
range from the mildly enticing to the plainly awful. Although
there are supernatural elements to some of the stories they
are kept to a bare minimum.
Killer has a con man worm his way into the affections
of a lonely American woman and marry her in an attempt to
claim the life insurance of his first wife. Possession
has a couple move into a country house and soon discover the
body of the previous owner under the cellar floor boards.
Someone at the Top of the Stairs is a variation on
The Picture of Dorian Gray scenario (and is "Marvellous!"
which is a bad in-joke). Other stories include, An Echo
of Theresa, The Colour of Blood, Murder in Mind, A Place to
Die, File it Under Fear, The Eyes Have It, and Spell
more thing: why have the 'going to adverts' titles been left
in? Surely they could easily have been edited out...
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