Master storyteller Francis Durbridge conquered television from the 1950s GÇô 1980s with baffling and complex thrillers which kept audiences gripped and on tenterhooks. With fiendish plots and unforseen twists and turns, record-breaking numbers of viewers flocked to these GÇ£eventGÇ¥ thrillers which worked to the formula that everyone is lying, and nothing is as it seems. And always leave them on a cliffhanger! From middle-class murder and mayhem to upper crust crime passionnel, smuggling and death, DurbridgeGÇÖs spellbinding tales come from the Golden Age of crime fiction where Mayfair flats and the cocktail set mix with clergymen and cadavers. Assembled in a lethal identity parade for the first time on DVD, this second collection of FRANCIS DURBRIDGE PRESENTS brings together five rare thrillers from the 1960s - 1980s - BAT OUT OF HELL, THE PASSENGER, THE DOLL, BREAKAWAY: The Family Affair and BREAKAWAY: The Local Affair. BAT OUT OF HELL Wealthy Sussex estate agent Geoffrey StewartGÇÖs plans for a holiday abroad are curtailed when he is shot by his business partner, Mark Paxton, with whom StewartGÇÖs wife, Diana, has been having an affair. However, their plans to cash in soon go awry: the body disappears, Diana receives a shock telephone call from her husband, and then the police discover a badly disfigured body wearing his clothes. Could Geoffrey have survived the attack? Who is the mysterious Kitty Tracey and what does she know of the murder plot? Blackmail, deception and murder strike like a bat out of hell GÇª Starring John Thaw (THE SWEENEY, INSPECTOR MORSE), Sylvia Syms (PEAK PRACTICE, AT HOME WITH THE BRAITHWAITES) and Dudley Foster (THE EDGAR WALLACE MYSTERIES, THE AVENGERS) THE PASSENGER Preoccupied by personal and business concerns, toy manufacturer David Walker breaks with his usual routine journey home and offers an extremely pretty girl a lift. However, the innocent gesture soon proves to be the biggest mistake of his life. When his passenger mysteriously disappears and is later found dead, Walker is implicated in the perfect frame-up. Abandoned by his wife, pressured by his business partner and under the watchful eye of Detective Inspector Martin Denison, David Walker struggles to free himself from a complicated web of blackmail, intrigue, high finance and murder. Starring Peter Barkworth (THE POWER GAME, TELFORDGÇÖS CHANGE) and Joanna Dunham (VAN DER VALK, THE OUTSIDER) THE DOLL Returning from Geneva, publisher Peter Matty encounters Phyllis du Salle and is instantly captivated by her beauty, charm and air of continental mystery. On a seaside triip, he gets more than he bargained for when Phyllis mysteriously disappears and MattyGÇÖs car, which she borrowed, is returned unoccupied by the local police. Confounded by the web of deceit she has spun, Matty becomes obsessed with tracking her down to discover the truth behind her secretive life. Is his famous pianist brother, Claude, more involved than he seems? What does the macabre doll found floating in the bath mean? What part does the wealthy Sir Arnold Wyatt play in PhyllisGÇÖ disappearance? For Peter Matty, reading between the lines has become a lethal nightmare GÇª Starring John Fraser (WALTZ OF THE TOREADORS, COLUMBO), Anouska Hempel (ON HER MAJESTYGÇÖS SECRET SERVICE, UFO) and Derek Fowlds (YES, MINISTER, HEARTBEAT) BREAKAWAY: The Family Affair Budding childrenGÇÖs author Sam HarveyGÇÖs planned breakaway from his former life as a Detective Superintendent is thrown into turmoil when, as he hands in his notice, he learns of his parentsGÇÖ inexplicable and brutal murder. HarveyGÇÖs bid to fathom out the murderous puzzle presents him with mysterious packages, some extraordinary information from legal and journalist sources, threatening telephone calls, three strange numbers in a personal address book and which brings about two shootings and a further murder. As victim and investigator, can Sam Harvey find an answer to the riddle of the family affair? Starring Martin Jarvis (THE FORSYTE SAGA, RINGS ON THEIR FINGERS), Glyn Houston (LORD PETER WIMSEY) and Derek Farr (THE EDGAR WALLACE MYSTERIES, CROSSROADS) BREAKAWAY: The Local Affair Detective Superintendent Sam HarveyGÇÖs plans to retire and write childrenGÇÖs stories were unexpectedly scotched after the terrible murder of his parents. Having solved that harrowing crime, he now finds himself reluctantly drawn into a seemingly routine local affair in Market Cross. When a body is discovered in the woods, the case is clouded when witnesses offer conflicting accounts. What is the significance of the set of keys found near the body? To whom does the gloved hand belong? To trap a killer and thwart a $200,000 blackmail plot, Harvey must resort to some dubious methods. Starring Martin Jarvis (THE FORSYTE SAGA, RINGS ON THEIR FINGERS), Ed Bishop (CAPTAIN SCARLET AND THE MYSTERONS, UFO), Judy Geeson (POLDARK, MURDER, SHE WROTE) and John Abineri (NO HIDING PLACE, ROBIN HOOD)
Francis Durbridge Presents... Volume 2
More murder, thrills and baffling mysteries from the never before released BBC series.