Friday, 11 August 2017
760 The Price
First viewed : July 1986
I missed this when first broadcast at the beginning of 1985 and didn't catch the first episode when it was repeated over consecutive nights the following year. However, once in I was gripped.
Peter Barkworth, in the middle of a real hot streak playing troubled middle aged men on TV, was Geoffrey Carr, head of a large computer firm whose wife Frances ( Harriet Walter ) and daughter Kate ( Aingeal Grehan ) are kidnapped by a pair of IRA renegades ( one of them , Frank played by Derek Thompson ) and held for ransom. While Geoffrey starts vacillating, looking for a way to pay without losing his grip on the company, Frances begins a relationship with Frank. I remember a scene of them screwing in full view of Kate, the latter unconvinced by Mum's explanation that she's only doing it to ensure their survival. They do survive but there's a little sting in the tail for Geoffrey.
The series is now hard to obtain which is a pity.