Lady Killers (1980–1981)
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Not for the Nervous 

The story of Kate Webster, a maid who killed her employer Julia Thomas in Richmond in 1879.


Valerie Hanson


Arden Winch




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Morley ... Himself - Presenter
Elaine Paige ... Kate Webster
John Fraser ... John Church
Leslie French Leslie French ... Justice Denman
Michael Kitchen ... Reverend Father M'Enery
T.P. McKenna ... Sir Hardinge Giffard Q.C.
Peter Sallis ... O'Brien
Riffi Lewis Riffi Lewis ... Robert Porter
William Wilde ... Warner Sleigh
Harry Littlewood ... Henry Porter
Molly Veness Molly Veness ... Mrs. Jane Ives
Margaret Lang ... Mrs. Bates
Jenny Howe Jenny Howe ... Miss Thomas
Richard Colson Richard Colson ... Clerk of the Court
John Trent John Trent ... Foreman of the Jury


The story of Kate Webster, a maid who killed her employer Julia Thomas in Richmond in 1879.

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Crime | Drama



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27 July 1980 (UK) See more »

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A very dark affair
27 July 2018 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

The series opened with The Savoy Hotel, very much typical of the type of episode I was expecting from this series, slow, plodding, interesting, but a touch dull, Not for the Nervous is very different, both in its content and delivery. It begins the same with, with an intriguing introduction from the charismatic Robert Morley, but as the case begins, this is a far better episode. The courtroom scenes are intriguing enough, but it's the scene where Kate describes the crime to the Reverend Father M'Enery that is the most powerful part, she describes the crime in such graphic, sickening detail, that you cannot help but be both gripped and slightly alarmed. Elaine Paige has always been somewhat of a mystery to me, a great singer and broadcaster, but such a marvellously talented actress, brilliant in Marple and Tales of the Unexpected, but she proves she had undoubted talent even in her youth, she is brilliant here, Kitchen, excellent himself, looks genuinely shocked at times.

Really enjoyed this one, despite the macabre story. 2 pots of the finest dripping!


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