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Third Man, The

SUPREMELY IFFY spin-off from seminal WELLES/COTTON/cuckoo-clock flick, now with MICHAEL RENNIE as totally different Harry Lime i.e. dull amateur detective (wrong) running import-export business (wrong) but in reality travelling the world and Shepperton Studios solving crime and snapping up pricey works of art (wrong wrong wrong). For a time the Beeb, pissed off with bad behaviour of Frost and co., scheduled it late Saturday nights where previously TW3 had “open-ended” arrangement. In response Frost would end each newly-curtailed edition of THAT WAS… with a full summary of entire storyline of following THIRD MAN episode, including denouement.



  1. George White

    March 13, 2016 at 8:44 am

    Produced in two blocks each season, half the season made at Shepperton or Pinewood, the other half done at 20th Century Fox studios, Hollywood, hence the random mix of good old dependable British telly faces and good old dependable Hollywood Raj faces, eg Alan “Alfred” Napier and a pre-Saint Hollywood contract player-era Sir Rog.

  2. ronnie may

    July 19, 2017 at 4:44 pm

    The image of ‘big break’ is actually ‘Cathy Come Home’.

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