Season 2 Episode 3

Fatal Distraction

Aired Unknown May 08, 1991 on ITV
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Fatal Distraction
Actress Marieanne Kray and producer Toby Taylor are at Arlington Grange to make a film about its former owner, George Velares. Several of the regulars know Toby or Marieanne - though under her real name, Maisie Medford. Vivienne Scarlet has been deceived into a casting couch affair with Toby, believing he had offered her the role in the Velares film which he later gave to Marieanne. Mustard knew George Velares, the subject of the film, and he now understands how Velares really died. Maisie and Elizabeth Peacock were once in a theatre company together, and Elizabeth believes Maisie-Marieanne poisoned her to steal a leading role away from her. Peter Plum believes Maisie-Marieanne stole his film script on the story of Velares. The actress, meanwhile, is thinking of writing her memoirs, in which she plans to tell all about her affair with the Reverend Jonathan Green. So who killed Maisie-Marianne - if not all of them?moreless

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    Chris Tarrant

    Chris Tarrant

    Presenter (1991)

    David McCallum

    David McCallum

    Professor Peter Plum #3

    Koo Stark

    Koo Stark

    Miss Vivienne Scarlet #3

    Michael Jayston

    Michael Jayston

    Colonel Michael Mustard #3

    Mollie Sugden

    Mollie Sugden

    Mrs Blanche White #3

    Richard Wilson (III)

    Richard Wilson (III)

    Reverend Jonathan Green #3

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (3)

      • List Of Suggestions:

        Team 1: Professor Plum with the Scissors in the Study (0)
        Team 2: Mrs White with the Golf Club in the Kitchen (1)

        Team 1: Colonel Mustard with the Cheesewire in the Kitchen (2)
        Team 2: Colonel Mustard with the Golf Club in the Kitchen (2)

        Team 1: Colonel Mustard with the Rope in the Kitchen (3)

      • The body is found by Professor Plum.

      • Sharon Maughan (Marieanne Kray) was better known to audiences for appearing in a long-running series of adverts for Gold Blend coffee (Taster's Choice in the USA) alongside Anthony Stewart Head.

    • QUOTES (7)

      • Colonel Mustard: (his confession) Velares was an obnoxious little runt. He took a fortune from his wife and then he had a series of affairs behind her back. I found out about it and I blackmailed him. He paid for a bit, but then the heat got too much for him and he... topped himself. These sensitive, artistic types. All this was ancient history until Marieanne Kray arrived. I took a look at the script and I knew that eventually the finger would point at me. This film had to be stopped. I saw Marianne from the study window. She was frantic because someone had cut up those stupid photographs. Then she went into the kitchen to have a spot of booze to steady herself. The timing was perfect. I came in the back door, I saw the rope that Mrs White had thrown into the rubbish... and no more Marieanne.

      • Reverend Green: (during cross-examination, about his relationship with Marieanne) I suppose we were quite friendly.
        Chris Tarrant: Sexually friendly?
        Reverend Green: (after a pause) Yes.
        Claire Rayner: You haven't answered my whole question...
        Reverend Green: Yes! Yes! Yes!
        Claire Rayner: I just want to know if anyone else knew about it apart from you?
        Reverend Green: I certainly hope not!

      • Claire Rayner: (about Colonel Mustard) There he sits, evil as sin.

      • Mrs Peacock: Mel?
        Marieanne Kray: Gibson, dahling. He's simply wild for the part of George Velares.

      • Mrs Peacock: How you've changed!
        Marieanne Kray: So have you. You used to have lovely teeth.

      • Marieanne Kray: (to Elizabeth Peacock) Darling, if you aren't careful you're going to need another face lift.

      • Vivienne Scarlett: That bitch had me written out of the script!
        Colonel Mustard: What a shame, Vivienne! So the sessions on Toby's casting couch were a waste of time?

    • NOTES (4)

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • The episode title is an allusion to the 1987 Adrian Lyne film Fatal Attraction which starred Michael Douglas and Glenn Close.