Much as detective inspector Sam Harvey would like to retire to devote himself full-time to his hobby of writing children's books, he has to solve a couple of intricate and baffling murder cases first.
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Series cast summary:
Martin Jarvis ...  Detective Inspector Sam Harvey 12 episodes, 1980
Judy Geeson ...  Becky Royce 6 episodes, 1980
Glyn Houston ...  C.S. Bert Sinclair 6 episodes, 1980
Angela Browne ...  Margaret Randell 6 episodes, 1980
Ed Bishop ...  Scott Douglas 6 episodes, 1980
Paul Shelley Paul Shelley ...  Peter Bradford 6 episodes, 1980
David Collings ...  Dr. Tucker 6 episodes, 1980
John Lee ...  Norman Harris 6 episodes, 1980
Edward Peel ...  Sgt. Holiday 6 episodes, 1980
Derek Farr ...  Walter Randell 5 episodes, 1980
Michael Culver ...  Ernest Clifford 5 episodes, 1980
Hilary Ryan Hilary Ryan ...  Jill Foster 5 episodes, 1980
William Marlowe ...  Giles Stafford 5 episodes, 1980
Robert Morris Robert Morris ...  Freddie Galbraid 5 episodes, 1980
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Detective inspector Sam Harvey, better known to the general public as the author of the latest best-seller for ages 3 and up, 'Breakfast at the Zoo,' would like nothing better than to retire so he can devote himself full-time to penning the riveting sequels 'Lunch at the Zoo' and 'Dinner at the Zoo.' However, he has to solve a couple of complicated murder cases first. Plot twists and red herrings abound in this intricate thriller series, and corpses turn up with distressing regularity before the culprits are finally collared. Written by Anonymous

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 January 1980 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Auf eigene Faust - Eine Familienangelegenheit See more »

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Runtime:

(12 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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The murder of Rita Black, central to the plot of "The Local Affair", takes place on Monday 3rd September, dating the tale to 1979. See more »

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Two great mysteries.
29 April 2019 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

Breakaway remains the penultimate Francis Durbridge penned TV series, preceded of course by Channel four's adaptation of Melissa.

Twelve episodes divided into two mysteries, Breakaway tells the story of Sam Harvey, a Detective who aims to breakaway from the Police and focus on his writing.

Both stories show Durbridge at his very best, he uses a bag of tricks to throw the viewer into multiple blind alleys, very easy to get sucked in by one of the many red herrings.

Both stories are equally as good, and both feature some terrific performances.

I only wish they'd made more of them, if only to see more of those wonderful 1980's opening credits, the locked doors.

I wouldn't say it's Durbridge at his best, but they are excellent. 8/10


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