After a shock discovery, David Walker picks up a young hitchhiker, Judy Clayton. After breaking down, she disappears, and soon after David is questioned when Judy is found, strangled.






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Series cast summary:
Peter Barkworth ...  Det. Insp. Martin Denson 3 episodes, 1971
Joanna Dunham Joanna Dunham ...  Sue Denson 3 episodes, 1971
Arthur Pentelow Arthur Pentelow ...  Arthur Eastwood 3 episodes, 1971
Melissa Stribling ...  Evelyn Walker 3 episodes, 1971
Michael McStay Michael McStay ...  Andy Mason 3 episodes, 1971
Paul Grist Paul Grist ...  Det. Sgt. Harry Kennedy 3 episodes, 1971
Christine Shaw Christine Shaw ...  Olive 3 episodes, 1971
Mona Bruce Mona Bruce ...  Christine Bodley 3 episodes, 1971
David Knight ...  David Walker 2 episodes, 1971
James Kerry ...  Roy Norton 2 episodes, 1971
Derek Bond ...  Colonel Reams 2 episodes, 1971
Paul Hastings Paul Hastings ...  PC Tomkins 2 episodes, 1971


After a shock discovery, David Walker picks up a young hitchhiker, Judy Clayton. After breaking down, she disappears, and soon after David is questioned when Judy is found, strangled.

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23 October 1971 (UK) See more »

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Die Spur mit dem Lippenstift See more »

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The theme music is "Grey Skies" by The Pretty Things. It was also used as a theme for the film Horror House (1969). See more »

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Typical drama from the pen of Durbridge, complex, deep and engaging.
22 July 2018 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

Francis Durbridge dramas were very popular in the sixties, by the seventies they'd started to dry up a little, fortunately a few were made. I had worried that the shine would have come off with this one, fortunately that's not the case.

The Passenger is an excellent serial, and the first part is so typical of the brilliance of Durbridge. So much more is going on then you possibly imagine, the smallest details have the biggest implications down the line, so as a viewer you have to watch and concentrate. The first two parts are excellent, the concluding part isn't as strong, but still very enjoyable.

Poor David Walker, so much in his life is going wrong, who'd be in his shoes! Very well acted, Peter Barkworth is a joy, no wonder he'd get the lead role in Melissa, several years later. Melissa Stribling and Joanna Dunham are also very good.

At times it looks a bit studio bound, but that doesn't matter. The ending is a real shocker, I didn't see that one coming. Very much in the style of the Paul Temple mysteries.

Very enjoyable overall, isn't it about time the BBC revisited dramas from this extraordinary writer? 8/10

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