Virtual Murder

Season 1 Episode 1

Meltdown to Murder

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Aired Friday 8:00 PM Jul 24, 1992 on BBC
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Meltdown to Murder
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Art galleries are getting demands from a blackmailer calling himself 'Dada', who has proved he can make paintings melt. Dada is in fact Jed Frewin, an old enemy of Cornelius and a master of disguise. The insurers' agent, Carol Bolitho, speaks to Cornelius, and Dada insists JC should himself deliver the latest one million pounds in protection money he has demanded. Then Dada (Frewin) kills Meriel Connors, who was his main contact in the art world, and suddenly he is living on borrowed time.moreless

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    Alan David

    Alan David

    Professor Owen Griffiths

    Stephen Yardley

    Stephen Yardley

    Inspector Cadogan

    Kim Thomson

    Kim Thomson

    Samantha Valentine

    Nicholas Clay

    Nicholas Clay

    Dr John Cornelius

    Carole Boyd

    Carole Boyd

    Phoebe Littlejohn

    Jude Akuwidike

    Jude Akuwidike

    Sergeant Gummer

    Enn Reitel

    Enn Reitel

    Jed Frewin

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    Julia Foster

    Julia Foster

    Carol Bolitha

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    Brian Gwaspari

    Brian Gwaspari

    Simon Chamberlain

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      • In promoting the first episode of the new show, the late Nicholas Clay claimed that all of the stories of Virtual Murder were based on real police cases.

      • Meltdown To Murder, the first episode of Virtual Murder, was not planned as the lead-in to the new show. Oddly enough, Dreams Imagic (the last episode to be broadcast) was planned as the pilot.

      • In the early 1990s, Enn Reitel was a well known variety artist. In this episode, he pops up in various disguises, so his talents are put to good use.

      • The murder of Meriel Connors is not really needed by the plot, except that it later helps us to sympathize with the killing of the villain, Frewin. But of course the title calls for at least one murder!

      • The screenwriter for this episode, Philip Martin, appears in it in a cameo role. He is better known as a Doctor Who script-writer.

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      • The alias of 'Dada' which Jed Frewin uses in this episode refers to a protest movement in art and literature called Dada begun in 1916 by a group of European artists (including Jean Arp, Tristan Tzara, Hugo Ball and Marcel Duchamp) who were protesting against the first world war, conservative thought and bourgeois society. Its followers created art works which defied analysis. The Dada movement evolved into Surrealism in the mid 1920's.

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