Thriller (1973–1976)
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A young American girl on her way to visit friends in rural England is brutally attacked and raped. After spending the next few months in a mental institution trying to recover from her ... See full summary »

Director:

Shaun O'Riordan

Writers:

Brian Clemens, Brian Clemens (created by)
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Cast

Episode complete credited cast:
Pamela Franklin ... Nicola Stevens
Donal McCann ... Jeff Holt
Frances White Frances White ... Virna Holt
Jim Norton ... The Man
Derek Smith Derek Smith ... Inspector Charles
Wolfe Morris ... Balsam
Peter Howell ... Ward
Harry Walker Harry Walker ... Sergeant
Stephen Bateman Stephen Bateman ... Stationmaster
Ambrosine Phillpotts ... Lady
Michael Hall Michael Hall ... Doctor
Carinthia West Carinthia West ... Policewoman
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A young American girl on her way to visit friends in rural England is brutally attacked and raped. After spending the next few months in a mental institution trying to recover from her ordeal, she is released into the care of her friends. The police assure her that they have the man responsible in custody, and she begins to rest easy. That is until she sees her attacker wandering the streets of the town. After planning her revenge she follows the man and kills him. This, she thinks, is the end of her ordeal. That is until the man she thinks she has killed arrives at the house she is staying in. Written by Kevin Steinhauer <K.Steinhauer@BoM.GOV.AU>

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

12 November 1974 (USA) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Good Episode But The Dated Aspect Towards Rape Is Somewhat Disturbing
12 September 2013 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

Nicola Stevens a young American working at her country's embassy is invited to stay the weekend at her friends Jeff and Virna . When Nicola alights from the train the station master tells her that her friends are delayed and to let herself in to their house since the key is under the mat . Nicola becomes aware that a man is following her . After arriving at the house , the man breaks in and rapes her . Weeks later after eventually recovering she is out with Jeff and Virna she spots the rapist

Sorry to have to repeat myself but when these were broadcast on ABC in America ITC the distributors used specially shot title sequences and this one contains a rather objectionable one where a young woman in a bathing suit swims in a pool . A man crouches in the nearby bushes then chases her as she leaves the pool and the chase culminates in a rape . Try and think of a more sadistic version of one of those Benny Hill chases and you've got a rough idea . In fact the rather dated attitude and rabidly un-PC attitude to rape is very startling . When Nicola is on a train with an elderly woman and the woman mentions there's a serial rapist on the loose the elderly lady suggests it'd be a back handed compliment if someone raped her . If someone made the same comment in a TV show nowadays the show would most likely be cancelled there and then and it's nice to know we live in more enlightned times

This attitude does spoil the episode to a large extent because it does make for a interesting psychological thriller where things aren't what they seem . I constantly found myself questioning the likelihood of Nicola's rapist constantly turning up everywhere but there's a very good reason for this that goes beyond an unreliable narrator type of storytelling and there's an element of contrivance where a character has to spell out everything at the end but for the most part the story is fairly engaging , though as I said you have to ignore the rather uneasy feeling attitude towards rape

As a footnote the videotaped look of the episode has been modified so it appears closer to 35mm film . I've no idea how the process is achieved but it's not entirely convincing but it does give a slightly more glossy cinematic look to the studio interiors and the cheap VT look does tend to let the episodes down with this show


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