Thriller (1960–1962)
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Hay-Fork and Bill-Hook 

On the Welsh Border, an old man suspected of witchcraft is gruesomely murdered with a hay-fork and bill-hook. The Scotland Yard inspector investigating has to wade through a morass of ... See full summary »

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Detective Insp. Harry Roberts
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Constable Evans
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Thomas Watson
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On the Welsh Border, an old man suspected of witchcraft is gruesomely murdered with a hay-fork and bill-hook. The Scotland Yard inspector investigating has to wade through a morass of superstition to uncover the killer, but when his wife starts having visions of the Black Dog, harbinger of death, the locals focus their suspicions on her. Written by P. Silvestro

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7 February 1961 (USA)  »

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This episode is based on a real unsolved murder that took place in Britain in 1945. Warwickshire resident Charles Watson was killed in a similar manner to the victim in this story (here named Thomas Watson), and apparently for the same reason (suspicion of witchcraft). See more »

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When Kenneth Haigh knocks Alan Napier to the ground, the stunt double is clearly visible. See more »

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Superstition
30 October 2014 | by (North America) – See all my reviews

Kenneth Haigh plays Scotland Yard Inspector Harry Roberts, who has arrived in a Welsh border village along with his new wife Nesta(played by Audrey Dalton) to investigate the mysterious murder of a local farmer who was killed with a hay-fork & bill-hook. They are then met by local constable Evans(played by Alan Napier) who tries to assist, but Harry learns that the local villagers are steeped in their superstitious beliefs of witchcraft and devilry, and when Nesta reports seeing a black dog, a supposed omen of death, she becomes the next target for murder. Uneven episode starts out well, with many fine performances and atmosphere, but does sputter a bit in the middle before its bright(if mundane) finish.


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