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episode guide

BRIAN CLEMENS

THRILLER

TELEVISION SERIES

LAST PAGE UPDATE 22-05-2002

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season

episodes

original UK broadcast dates

 selected guest artists

01

10

(14/04/73 - 16/06/73)

 Donna Mills, Dinsdale Landen, Norman Eshley, Dennis Waterman....

02

07

(26/01/74 - 09/03/74)

 Hayley Mills, Donna Mills, Jeremy Brett, Nyree Dawn Porter.....

03

06

(01/06/74 - 06/07/74)

 Helen Mirren, Michael Jayston, Peter Jeffrey, Robert Powell.....

04

06

(04/01/75 - 08/02/75)

 Diana Dors, Ed Bishop, Ian Hendry, Patrick McGee, Ingrid Pitt.....

05

07

(12/04/75 - 24/05/75)

 Gerald Harper, Denholm Elliott, Julian Glover, Keith Barron.....

06

07

(10/04/76 - 22/05/76)

 Michael Kitchen, Carroll Baker, Bob Hoskins, Gabrielle Drake.....

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43

total

In Colour

an ATV Network Colour Production ©

Runtime c.65mins (excluding adverts)

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Series of not quite feature length drama stories from the ATV/ ITC stable with a sub-international guest cast (intentionally made with the overseas market in mind), but produced in the UK. The strange timings it seems making them an ideal fit between the end of 'News-At-Ten' at 10.40pm and ITV 1970's closedown, at around midnight; although originally receiving a Prime Time Networked slot, repeats were sporadic around the ITV regions during the 70's and early 80's.

The series was created as an anthology series for Sir Lew Grade's ITC company by Brian Clemens, with the 'Avengers' veteran contributing the vast majority of scripts. Produced with an effective mix of fixed sets at Elstree and a minimal amount of location filming (which added to the atmosphere and gave the stories a definite theatrical quality). Although today they may seem dated, and result in some stories having a rather tacky feel about them. Some stories are in the 'So bad, They're good' category - You Have Been Warned!

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The production standards for the time were high with obvious good and bad episodes (as with most long running series). The series produced some real gems and gave us early appearances of many future well known actors and actresses, plus a few screen veterans. So if you want to do some Star spotting and see the early works of some well known faces from recent years alongside those from the past, then - This Is The Series For You!

My personal recommendations are: 'Someone At The Top Of The Stairs', 'The Colour Of Blood'(aka The Carnation Killer) and 'Coffin For The Bride'(aka Kiss,Kiss,Kill,Kill). All of which are typical examples of the formula, incorporating Red-Herrings and Blind-Alleys galore. 'Lady Killer'(aka The Death Policy) is yet another that fails to disappoint.

Those episodes released in the UK on Pre-Recorded Video include some of the best of the bunch (each of these four episodes were penned by Brian Clemens himself ). Unfortunately these have been deleted and almost all have disappeared from the stores.

VIDEO

VIDEO RELEASE DETAILS (UK)

VIDEO RELEASE DETAILS (US)

Diane Cilento goes up in a puff of smoke in:

  SPELL OF EVIL

season one

alternate title

synopsis

UK tx

US tx

UK video

US video

Bravo tx

1.01

Lady Killer

The Death Policy

LINK

14/04/73

18/01/73

1.02

Possession

(no alternate title) 

LINK

21/04/73

12/04/73

1.03

Someone At The Top Of The Stairs

(no alternate title)  

LINK

28/04/73

12/02/73

1.04

An Echo Of Theresa

Anatomy Of Terror

LINK

05/05/73

15/01/73

1.05

The Colour Of Blood

The Carnation Killer

LINK

12/05/73

18/06/73

1.06

Murder In Mind

(no alternate title)  

LINK

19/05/73

unknown

1.07

A Place To Die

(no alternate title) 

LINK

26/05/73

18/03/75

1.08

File It Under Fear

(no alternate title)  

LINK

02/06/73

09/10/73

1.09

The Eyes Have It

(no alternate title)  

LINK

09/06/73

14/01/74

1.10

Spell Of Evil

(no alternate title)  

LINK

16/06/73

11/10/73

season two

alternate title

synopsis

UK tx

US tx

UK video

US video

Bravo tx

2.01

Only A Scream Away

(no alternate title) 

LINK

21/01/74

18/02/74

2.02

Once The Killing Starts

(no alternate title) 

LINK

02/02/74

07/01/74

2.03

Kiss Me And Die

The Savage Curse

LINK

09/02/74

25/02/74

2.04

One Deadly Owner

(no alternate title) 

LINK

16/02/74

06/11/73

2.05

Ring Once For Death

Death In Small Doses

LINK

23/02/74

06/12/73

2.06

K Is For Killing

Color Him Dead

LINK

02/03/74

05/04/74

2.07

Sign It Death

(no alternate title) 

LINK

09/03/74

09/04/74

 

additional episode (Yorkshire Television)

alternate title

synopsis

UK tx

US tx

UK video

US video

Bravo tx

YTV

Who Killed Lamb?

(no alternate title) 

LINK

16/03/74

04/02/74

Note

As with many older series there is often an unscreened or missing episode - the above is the anomaly in this series:

Having not viewed the episode recently myself I can't confirm whether it is technically part of the series. It is known that it is a Yorkshire Television one-off drama that was tagged onto the end of season 2 broadcasts and believed to have been billed at the time as an episode of 'Thriller'. It is apparently said to a much remembered story. (personally I can't remember this one from original transmission, but it was 25 over years ago!). It also aired as part of the package sold to ABC in the US. (which would seem to add credence to it being a 'Thriller' episode) [ the recording still exists in the Yorkshire Televison archives ]

season three

alternate title

synopsis

UK tx

US tx

UK video

US video

Bravo tx

3.01

A Coffin For The Bride

Kiss Kiss, Kill Kill

LINK

01/06/74

11/03/74

3.02

I'm The Girl He Wants To Kill

(no alternate title) 

LINK

08/06/74

18/03/74

3.03

Death To Sister Mary

Murder Is A One-Act Play

LINK

15/06/74

21/05/74

3.04

In The Steps Of A Deadman

(no alternate title) 

LINK

22/06/74

27/05/74

3.05

Come Out, Come Out Wherever You Are

(no alternate title) 

LINK

29/06/74

10/09/74

3.06

The Next Scream You Here

Not Guilty

LINK

06/07/74

16/07/74

season four

alternate title

synopsis

UK tx

US tx

UK video

US video

Bravo tx

4.01

Screamer

(no alternate title)

LINK

04/01/75

12/11/74

4.02

Nurse Will Make It Better

The Devil's Web

LINK

11/01/75

24/02/75

4.03

Night Is The Time For Killing

Murder On The Midnight Express

LINK

18/01/75

07/01/75

4.04

Killer With Two Faces

(no alternate title)

LINK

25/01/75

03/12/74

4.05

A Killer In Every Corner

(no alternate title)

LINK

01/02/75

19/11/74

4.06

Where The Action Is

The Killing Game

LINK

08/02/75

17/02/75

season five

alternate title

synopsis

UK tx

US tx

UK video

US video

Bravo tx

5.01

If It's A Man - Hang Up!

(no alternate title) 

LINK

12/04/75

05/05/75

5.02

The Double Kill

(no alternate title) 

LINK

19/04/75

18/02/75

5.03

Won't Write Home Mom - I'm Dead

Terror From Within

LINK

26/04/75

03/03/75

5.04

The Crazy Kill

Fear Is Spreading 

LINK

03/05/75

25/02/75

5.05

Good Salary - Prospects - Free Coffin

Mirror Of Deception

LINK

10/05/75

12/05/75

5.06

The Next Voice You See

Look Back In Darkness

LINK

17/05/75

27/05/75

5.07

Murder Motel

(no alternate title) 

LINK

24/05/75

26/05/75

season six

alternate title

synopsis

UK tx

US tx

UK video

US video

Bravo tx

6.01

Sleepwalker

(no alternate title) 

LINK

10/04/76

07/10/75

6.02

The Next Victim

(no alternate title) 

LINK

17/04/76

23/09/75

6.03

Nightmare For A Nightingale

Melody Of Hate

LINK

24/04/76

30/09/75

6.04

Dial A Deadly Number

(no alternate title) 

LINK

01/05/76

18/11/75

6.05

Kill Two Birds

Cry Terror!

LINK

08/05/76

28/10/75

6.06

A Midsummer Nightmare

Appointment With A Killer

LINK

15/05/76

16/09/75

6.07

Death In Deep Water

(no alternate title) 

LINK

22/05/76

04/11/75

*All original UK transmissions were in the standard THRILLER format, but now many only exist in the TVM format, as a result of ITC library purges (although not exclusively).

All episodes were converted into a TV movie format (TVM)* for sale overseas (In the US airing under the unhelpful generic title of 'ABC Mystery Movie' along with US produced TV movies, making up a 113 epsiode run).

The UK 'Thriller' credits and theme were removed and freshly shot title graphics inserted. At minimum there was a compilation of forthcoming scenes acting as a teaser, but some episodes had filmed sequences added using new actors supposedly in character to form an introduction into the stories (Some title sequences adding as much as 7minutes to the running time). These additional scenes are very noticable when viewed, especially with glaring continuity errors in the use of actor doubles and new locations, totally out of keeping with the original. A prime example of this is in 'Possession' where it is obvious that a car is being driving on continental roads whereas the story location edited-in is set in Britain (Even actors names on the titles were incorrectly spelt, 'James Cossin' instead of 'James Cossins' in this particular case)

In addition some episodes were even retitled for the overseas audience (alternative titles are shown in brackets)

New up tempo music complimenting that of Laurie Johnson (author of the original) was added over the credits and varies on most installments, and is mostly catalogue.

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 Real Audio

Broadcast History

The entire series remains unaired in the UK in recent years (ATV losing it's franchise at the end of 1981). The 'Westward' and 'HTV' tv regions had aired episodes toward the end of the late 1970's in a late Friday night spot and 'TVS' is known to have shown some as Late Night Movies on Mondays during the 1980's. In the US episodes were aired on ABC and syndicated in the late 1970's, often showing in an obscure early morning slot (all in the TVM format). Although it's also known that episodes from the series have aired in Australia since and have had a brief resurrection on satellite in the UK on the 'old style' Bravo channel (some of these were TV Movies which would indicate that they no longer exist in the original ' Thriller' format).

Episodes were Originally Networked by ITV during the early 1970s*

* All as part of the Thriller anthology

Repeats were broadcast by most contractors during the late 1970s*

* Screened in the Thriller format

A number of episodes were broadcast Late Night during the early 1980s*

* Some shown in TVMovie format

At least 17 episodes were broadcast in the UK 11/05/96 - 31/08/96*

* mixture of formats

BRT

A number of episodes were broadcast on Belgian TV during 1990s*

* mixture of formats [belgian subtitles]

Commercial Releases

As with most of the other shows in the ITC back catalogue there have been video releases of a number of episodes from this series (4 episodes in the UK), although when? where? exactly how many? and which specific titles? in other countries I am not totally clear on.

However those that I know to have been commercially available (either for sale or rental/ UK or Overseas - suprisingly more in the US) are listed below :

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I cannot guarantee the availability of any of these US titles as they are fairly old releases, for information I suggest that you check out http://www.imdb.com and do a search by title (bearing in mind that some stories use the alternate titles in the US), however I have been advised that copies are still in circulation.

THANKS

Many Thanks to David Moninger for help in research for much of this US information

Merchandise

Stories from this series been published in paperback form, consisting of a series of short stories. Each book contains adaptations of five screenplays from the series. Any further Information on any books related to this series would be most welcome. These books were released when the series originally aired in the UK.

NEW

Year

 Cover

Title

Author

Publisher

Cat No.

1974

n/a

Thriller

(see reprint for details)

Brian Clemens

Fontana

000 613440 8

1975

book1

Thriller

click on book cover for more details (including stories covered)

Brian Clemens

Fontana

 000 613888 8 *Reprint

1975

book2

More Stories From Thriller

click on book cover for more details (including stories covered)

Brian Clemens

Fontana

000 613784 9

 

 

 

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