Saturday, 16 July 2016
445 Playhouse : Crest of a Wave
First viewed : 20 June 1980
This is another near-forgotten little playlet I watched with my Gran on a Friday night. It was actually a repeat, having first been shown in 1978 under the Premiere banner ( for the director ; writer Douglas Livingstone already had a long string of credits in a 40 year career as a screenwriter ) .
It starred Denholm Elliott as Jim a middle aged man who , accompanied by his wife , drops in on an old friend Nifty ( Ian Hendry ) who was in the Scouts with him. Jim is gregarious and rather full of himself , Nifty rather tongue-tied and awkward . Jim wastes no time in dredging up embarrassing memories for Nifty and flashbacks reveal young Jim as something of a self-aggrandising bully who takes advantage of Nifty's mildness and lack of imagination. Once that's over though Jim, recently made redundant, wonders if Nifty can find him a job. After he's gone, Nifty's wife asks if he's really going to help Jim . Nifty, now completely secure and unruffled by Jim's desperate attempt to restore the old pecking order , nonchalantly says yeah he can probably find something. Water off a duck's back.
Needless to say Denholm Elliott was excellent.