Tuesday, 29 March 2016
365 Running Blind
First viewed : 12 January 1979
And so we move into 1979 which, as I've declared elsewhere is my happiest calendar year so pretty much everything over the net few posts has a golden glow around it.
This three-part adaptation of a Desmond Bagley Cold War thriller replaced the second ( and final ) series of Target on a Friday night. I missed the first episode but my mum saw it - she had a thing for the lead actor Stuart Wilson - and filled me in. Wilson played Alan Stewart , a former MI5 man blackmailed into a delivery job in Iceland by his corrupt former boss Slade ( George Sewell ). There he meets the lovely Elin ( Heida Steindorsdottir ) but is being pursued by KGB man Kennikin ( Vladek Sheybal ) who was once shot in the wedding tackle by Stewart and understandably isn't too happy about it. I remember my mum having to explain what "impotent" meant to me.
It was pretty good although the Cold War themes would seem dated now and had a dramatic denouement ( no spoilers here ). The gorgeous Steindorsdottir hasn't been seen on British TV since but appears to still be working as an actress in her native land.