Thriller (1973–1976)
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Once the Killing Starts 

Married college professor Michael Lane falls in love with one of his students and hatches an elaborate scheme to dispose of his wife, Elizabeth. His murder plot goes as planned. However, he... See full summary »

Director:

John Scholz-Conway

Writers:

Brian Clemens (created by), Brian Clemens
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Episode complete credited cast:
Patrick O'Neal ... Michael Lane
Angharad Rees ... Stella Mason
Michael Kitchen ... George Newton
Gerald Sim Gerald Sim ... Peterson
Gary Watson ... Inspector Rush
Patricia Donahue ... Elizabeth Lane
Terry Wright Terry Wright ... Detective Constable Waters
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Married college professor Michael Lane falls in love with one of his students and hatches an elaborate scheme to dispose of his wife, Elizabeth. His murder plot goes as planned. However, he soon receives an anonymous note: "I know what you did, murderer!" Prof. Lane frantically tries to discover who knows his secret... Written by L. Hamre

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

2 February 1974 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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A solid potboiler.
7 January 2018 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

Once the killing start boasts a clever premise, a great cast, and a fantastic start. Had the episode carried through the way the first twenty minutes set out I'd have given this a nine or a ten easily. The start is brilliant, we see how Michael Lane deviously plots his wife's demise, his desperation to be with beautiful young student Stella. As it develops I felt it became a little clunky, a bit repetitive, they could have really delved deeper, pushing Michael closer to the edge, he very rarely seemed disturbed. However I have praise for the ending, I hadn't seen the twist coming, plaudits also for Patrick O'Neal and Angharad Rees, both were excellent, as was the young Michael Kitchen, I hadn't realised what a prolific actor he was in his youth. The running time allows the characters to develop, but makes it feel a little padded in the middle.


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