Television Drama

Crown Court

Security Risk

 

Directed By Stephen Butcher

Episode 1 Broadcast July 24th 1974

 

Robert Denton took a file from a security cabinet at the Guided Weapons Research Establishment, and copied information very useful to an enemy of the state.But he was being watched - by a witness which could not possibly lie. Today he stands at Fulchester Crown Court charged with spying.

 

Running Time 30 minutes

Crown Court

Security Risk

 

Directed By Stephen Butcher

Episode 2 Broadcast July 25th 1974

 

Robert Denton is nearing the end of his undistinguished career in the Ministry of Defence. He is due to retire in two years. What has he got to show at the end of it all ? A small pension and a massive bill for a tiny apartment in Spain. Did he intend to hatch a nest-egg he had been sitting on for years by selling secrets to the Russians ? His trial continues today.

Running Time 30 minutes

Crown Court

Security Risk

 

Directed By Stephen Butcher

Episode 3 Broadcast July 26th 1974

 

How can a spy advertise his goods ? What better way than to sell a foreign power one of its own secrets. Did Robert Denton know he had sold the Russians technical details of  one of their own missiles, or was it a blunder of inexperience ? The jury must decide whether he's guilty of spying.

Running Time 30 minutes

 

 

Crown Court

The Murder Monitor

 

Directed By Stephen Butcher

Episode 1 Broadcast February 12th 1975

 

Murder by remote control! Daniel Wolff, a wealthy American, is charged with the attempted murder of Edgar Dryden. But at the time Wolff was miles away at sea.

 

Running Time 30 minutes

 

Crown Court

The Murder Monitor

 

Directed By Stephen Butcher

Episode 2 Broadcast February 13th 1975

 

British scientist Edgar Dryden has developed a technique to trace illegal opium fields- which is why an American drugs syndicate would like him out of the way.

 

Running Time 30 minutes

 

Crown Court

The Murder Monitor

 

Directed By Stephen Butcher

Episode 3 Broadcast February 14th 1975

 

Could a television set and a rifle activated by remote control be turned into murder weapons? Today the Crown Court jury must decide.....

 

Running Time 30 minutes

 

James Follett Comments

Crown Court was my TV baptism while I was still working full-time for the Ministry of Defence, and moonlighting for Granada by using up my
annual leave on days here and there for read-throughs, producer's runs, and the final day's work in Manchester for a camera rehearsal in the
morning and VTR in the afternoon. The period when the jury retired to consider their verdict was used for re-takes, cut-aways, and emphasis
close-ups.

The permanent set at Manchester was most peculiar because it was fully enclosing with sliding panel camera peeps. I once did a Hitchcock bit by sitting in the public bench.

Only once because the heat build-up during continuous VTR was unbelievable.

Those were the days of Ampex 2-inch tape machines that demanded sets flooded with light. Last time I was I was the wrong side of the camera,

earlier this year for an edition of "Watchdog", most of the scene was shot with available light -- the house lights in a London cinema.

PS: I can't recall what the "Crown Court" signature tune was called. It's now annoying me.

 

 

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