Outbreak Of Fear
by R D Wingfield
A thriller serial In five parts.
Evidence of black rites carried out in the local churchyard of Polford points to a connection with the mutilations which have been perpetrated.
Outbreak of Fear piles one horrific death onto another in a hair-raising, catastrophic sequence. For sheer, high-voltage excitement, even Wingfield has never surpassed his achievement here.
Rodney Wingfield is well known for his "Inspector Frost" character, played by David Jason in the popular television series, and for the Frost novels. Less well known, perhaps, are his radio plays which were broadcast between 1968 and 1987 by the BBC.
R.D. Wingfield was for twenty years a stalwart of BBC radio drama, producing a steady stream of intelligent mystery plays with a
built-in guarantee of enjoyment for the listener. He is, of course, famous now as the creator of Inspector Jack Frost, reaching a
wide audience through his Frost novels and a spin-off TV series with David Jason starring; but it was on radio that he honed his skills, and even the celebrated Frost made his bow on the air.
All Wingfield's plays are clever, with sharp dialogue, clear-cut characters and intriguing action. He hooked his listeners quickly and efficiently and then proceeded to lead them up the garden. His plays are full of tricks and surprises, clever twists and unexpected developments. Sometimes the biter is bitten; sometimes black appears white; often the denouement stands everything else on its head. Certain themes recur: missing money, insurance fraud, bomb disposal; but Wingfield always has something up his sleeve and he never repeats himself.
Leslie Sands - Sergeant Fowler
Nick Orchard - Constable Beaumont
Nicholas Courtney - Superintendant Chadwick
Episode 1 of 5
The Body on the Beach: Polford. An unassuming coastal fishing village, until a brutal death occurs.
Episode 2 of 5
The Second Body: The death toll is mounting and the killer is glimpsed. But is he unstoppable?
Episode 3 of 5
Triple Murder: The killer is scrupulous and police radios are host to mysterious signals.
Episode 4 of 5
The Vault: Boats are wrecked. No outside lines. Polford is fast becoming isolated.
Episode 5 of 5
The Killer: The fog warning sounds at the lighthouse. And everything is finally, truly revealed.
Directed in Bristol by Brian Miller
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