The Passenger (1971– )

Episode #1.3 

Inspector Denson sets in motion a chain of events in order to flush out the killer.


Michael Ferguson


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Barkworth ... Det. Insp. Martin Denson
Joanna Dunham Joanna Dunham ... Sue Denson
Arthur Pentelow Arthur Pentelow ... Arthur Eastwood
Melissa Stribling ... Evelyn Walker
Michael McStay Michael McStay ... Andy Mason
James Kerry ... Roy Norton
Paul Grist Paul Grist ... Det. Sgt. Harry Kennedy
Derek Bond ... Colonel Reams
Christine Shaw Christine Shaw ... Olive
Mona Bruce Mona Bruce ... Christine Bodley
Ric Felgate Ric Felgate ... Det. Con. Bellinger
Paul Hastings Paul Hastings ... PC Tomkins
Alan Chuntz ... Gordon Pike
Terry Walsh ... Mechanic
Denis Cleary Denis Cleary ... Grayson


Inspector Denson sets in motion a chain of events in order to flush out the killer.

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6 November 1971 (UK) See more »

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To catch a killer
27 July 2018 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

DI Martin Denson knows exactly what he's doing, he's worked out who the killer is, and knows exactly how to force the killers hand, and force him out into the open.

A fairly dramatic conclusion, the first two episodes have a very cosy, village murder mystery feel to them, this third part is a more action based drama, with assassination attempts and aeroplane chases. In some ways it feels at odds with earlier episodes, but as dramatic conclusions go it's a good one.

Barkeworth is excellent once again, Joanna Dunham is also very good here, given way more to do, including a rather unusual action sequence.

Durbridge's mysteries have a very distinctive pattern, there are always photographs present, small, everyday props are made into something big, and there's normally a dramatic conclusion. The Passenger has all of those, but the ending belongs more to a Paul Temple mystery.

Not as good as the first two episodes, but all in all it concludes an excellent drama very well. 7/10

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