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The Lotus Eaters 

Erik and Ann Sheppard run a bar on a Greek island, but all is not what it seems: both have murky pasts that they would prefer to forget. Erik is a reformed alcoholic and Korean war veteran ... See full summary »

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Michael J. Bird
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Series cast summary:
Ian Hendry ...  Erik Shepherd 15 episodes, 1972-1973
Wanda Ventham ...  Ann Shepherd 15 episodes, 1972-1973
Stefan Gryff Stefan Gryff ...  Captain Michael Krasakis 12 episodes, 1972-1973
Anthony Stamboulieh Anthony Stamboulieh ...  Nikos 12 episodes, 1972-1973
Maurice Denham ...  Nestor Turton 11 episodes, 1972-1973
Frank Duncan Frank Duncan ...  Cotton / ... 10 episodes, 1972-1973
Karan David Karan David ...  Katerina 8 episodes, 1972
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Erik and Ann Sheppard run a bar on a Greek island, but all is not what it seems: both have murky pasts that they would prefer to forget. Erik is a reformed alcoholic and Korean war veteran invalided out of the British army after a nervous breakdown. He left England after being controversially cleared of murdering a young girl. Ann, unknown to him, is a 'sleeping' agent, who had been instructed to marry him as a cover. Unfortunately, she has become genuinely attached to him, and trouble looms when her superiors decide to activate her for a mission. Their attempts to break her affections include sowing doubts in her mind as to whether Erik did in fact kill the girl in England. This dilemma is brought into sharp focus when another young girl is murdered, under very similar circumstances. Loyalties are tested to the very limit before the truth can be reached. Written by D.Giddings <darren.giddings@newcastle.ac.uk>

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English

Release Date:

23 April 1972 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

Crete, Greece

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Runtime:

(15 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

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1.33 : 1
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Wanda Ventham was 11th hour casting choice replacing a actress who dropped out. See more »

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Referenced in Wanda Ventham Remembers 'The Lotus Eaters' (2006) See more »

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****excellent**** unique and memorable
21 January 2007 | by lorilimboSee all my reviews

The Daily Telegraph says 'extremely watchable' I found it addictive.

Up late on consecutive evenings watching episode after episode.

The plots, screenplay, humour, drama and acting are of the very best of anything the BBC has ever produced.

The first series contains nine single part stories each based on a different character in the community

The second series is formed of one six part story based around the central couple, Erik and Ann Shepherd.

Centred in Crete and involving intelligent themes in espionage, psychology and slow-paced thriller twists, this comes very highly recommended


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