Voice You See
(ITC Movie title "Look Back In Darkness")
Original UK transmission: 17th May 1975
Original US transmission: 27th May 1975
WRITTEN BY: Terence Feely based on a story by Brian Clemens
DIRECTED BY: Robert Tronson
PRODUCED BY: Ian Fordyce
MAIN CAST: Bradford Dillman (Stan Kay), Catherine Schell (Julie), Geoffrey Chater (Sir Peter Hastings), Ray Smith (Ben Tamplin), Terence Sewards (Alan Richards), Nigel Havers (Ludovic Bates), Rachel Davies (Nancy), Neil Hallett (John Pelham), John Oxley (Robert Carroll), Annette Lynton (Claudia Hastings), Ian Redford (James Townsend), Roger Mutton (Jeremy), Peter Geddis (Jameson), Holly Palance (Susie Kay), John Forbes-Robertson (Dr Mace), Robert Lankesheer (Foster)
The camera pans down the length of a London bank, where a car pulls up and a confident looking man and his wife step out and enter. Inside, the teller welcomes the man as "Mr Kay" and asks for him to autograph a record sleeve for his son who "very much likes jazz piano". Kay happily obliges, but when he turns to leave he and his wife find themselves face to face with a hooded bandit. The figure instructs the customers to stand aside while an employee fills a bag with large bundles of cash; however the teller becomes enraged and tries to disarm the bandit. When Kay's wife screams, the bandit panics and shoots her at point blank range with his shotgun. Lunging at her murderer, Kay is also shot at close range and falls to the floor in agony, his dark glasses shattered and spotted with blood.
Returning to England for the first time in ten years to perform at an elite social gathering, American jazz pianist Stan Kay is horrified when in mid-recital he hears the voice of the robber who had blinded him and killed his wife in London bank a decade earlier. Disorientated and panicked, Kay feigns his way through the number before relating the incident to his tour manager Julie. Somewhat taken aback, Julie agrees to help identify who had spoken earlier, but it seems that no-one can recall the interruption. When Kay again hears the voice for a fleeting moment he becomes desperate to find the owner but, unfortunately, his nemesis quickly becomes aware of the impending threat and prepares to act. Unable to leave the party, both men soon become locked in a deadly game of cat and mouse, with the unknown figure battling wits with the blind yet unexpectedly resourceful Kay.
Another episode based around the theme of blindness, already so effectively utilised in Season One's The Eyes Have It (and earlier still in the Clemens-scripted feature film Blind Terror ). This offering is totally different yet no less successful, with an almost irresistable central premise. Bradford Dillman (who would return in Death In Deep Water ) is excellent as the initially self-assured Kay, who gradually disintegrates as the threat encroaches and he becomes desperate to find his tormentor. The threat of the unknown man is well handled, with shots of his shoes only being shown for most of the episode (a technique previously used to good effect in Season Three's "I'm The Girl He Wants To Kill" as well as Blind Terror.) Geoffrey Chater had previously appeared in "The Colour Of Blood". Definately not to be missed.
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