Man in a Suitcase

Season 1 Episode 13

The Bridge

Aired Wednesday 9:10 PM Dec 20, 1967 on ITV

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  • A man wants to commit suicide by jumping from a bridge and McGill has to find out why.

    5am. A young man (Tim) goes out despite his father's (Lord Gormand) angry protestations and heads for Albert Bridge (over the Thames). Gormond phones McGill who accepts the job to find his son for a thousand pounds and heads for the bridge. McGill arrives to find Tim has climbed much of the way up the bridge. Calling for him to come down, McGill follows him up the suspension arm (Richard Bradford was told by his insurance company not to do this). Tim slips into the water and McGill (doubles used) jumps in and rescues him. Taken home, it is revealed that after a drunken night out, the friend he was with, one Danny Martin jumped off of the bridge. McGill is offered another five thousand to find out the truth. Tim claims to have killed Martin, pushing him off after Martin had goaded him into climbing after him. McGill finds from a newspaper friend that there were two witnesses who let it slip that there was also a girl present, Annabelle Fenchurch, with a father in a high position who offers to help McGill get his job back by speaking to someone in the American Embassy if he lays off of the case. Annabelle reveals that Tim pushed Martin off of the bridge in a row over her, then he gets beaten up as he leaves. Next morning Tim is off to the bridge again, and McGill with Annabelle takes him there and he tells him if he wants to kill himself, go ahead. Annabelle is shocked to see Tim climbing the bridge and reveals what really happened. Martin climbed the bridge and Annabelle said that she loved Danny, but Danny says he was only playing with her. An angry Tim climbed up after him but was knocked off of the bridge a dozen feet onto the pavement. Martin climbed down and an angry Annabelle pushed Martin into the water where he drowned, being unable to swim. Both fathers turn up, knowing the truth. A strong performance by Rodney Bewes as the tormentd Tim. Bill Owen as Lord Gormond, Janes Merrow as Annabelle, Anthony Nichols as Sir Walter Fenchurch and Michael Culver as Danny Martin.
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