Scotland Yard’s Chief Inspector Rose, portrayed by the alluring William Mervyn, was first seen in The Odd Man
and It’s Dark Outside
, Granada’s cult crime series of the early ’60s, and this sequel sees the severe detective coming out from a restless retirement to take on a further series of cases. Gillian Lewis plays Rose’s beautiful secretary, Drusilla, and Donald Webster his enigmatic manservant, John. Retirement has supplied Mr. Rose the time not only to grow a cottage garden on the south coast, but also to pen his memoirs. And it’s the approaching publication of those memoirs that brings a number of figures crawling out of the woodwork and back into his life: crooks and former colleagues alike, who know that his extensive personal collection of case files holds a wealth of incriminating detail. Time may have mellowed Rose, but he’s as sharp as ever as he commences a succession of new investigations with customary aplomb – and evident relish.
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