Plays like "I.T.V Playhouse" presented a new and fresh approach to British television. Every single camera shot and scene was made on film and on location, the confines of the studio were cast aside. "Suspect" from 1969 is an ideal example. It really feels as though I'm watching a mini film but also, the story in this play is great. We have thought-provoking drama brought to life by a talented cast and film crew. I'm not surprised that "Euston Films" were influenced by the look of these plays. The plot concerns the disappearance of a local girl who fails to return home one night. The police from Scotland Yard are on the case as they comb the local countryside, questioning the residents and the girls school. A local wealthy woman seems to know more about the disappearance of the child than she is letting on. At the same time, her 50 year old husband has vanished and the wealthy wife is decidedly uneasy about it. The opening scene is something that is open to interpretation: at a railway station, the woman in question anxiously awaits someone who doesn't arrive. When her family come to stay at her house, her son is completely in the dark regarding his fathers disappearance. There are a few clues that lead the police to question the wife and more than once....... The play has a documentary feel to it as when the police interview some of the locals, the camera remains on that particular person and we only hear the police talking to them. George Sewell plays a "Special Branch" type character as the police officer in charge of the case. I thoroughly enjoyed this play and television nowadays ought to take note.
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