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Paint Me a Murder 

Luke Lorenz is a artist whose paintings don't sell. His imaginative wife Sandra reasons that sales of his works would increase tenfold if he were to die, so they fake his death.


Alan Cooke




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Michelle Phillips ... Sandra Lorenz
James Laurenson ... Luke Lorenz (as James Laurensen)
David Robb ... Vincent Rhodes
Alan Lake Alan Lake ... Davey
William Morgan Sheppard ... Mahaffy (as Morgan Sheppard)
Tony Steedman ... Chief Inspector
Mark Heath Mark Heath ... Detective Inspector Robinson
Michael Watkins Michael Watkins ... Detective Sergeant Harris
Michael McKevitt Michael McKevitt ... Elliott Soames
Richard LeParmentier ... Dr. Kates (as Richard Parmentier)
Gerald Sim ... Vicar
Indira Joshi ... Mrs. Patel
Jeillo Edwards Jeillo Edwards ... Landlady
David Millett David Millett ... Police sergeant
Neil Morrissey ... Policeman


A greedy wife suggests to her middle-aged husband, a somewhat successful but unstable artist obsessed with fame who may or may not be basing his paintings on his gloomy premonitions of future without even realizing it, to fake his death in order to get a much higher price for his gloomy paintings. He agrees and sinks his boat near the coastline. The plan works and his paintings are quickly sold out. However, his art dealer asks for more, so the artist starts painting again while hiding in his loft. Unfortunately, things don't go as planned. For starters, all he can paint are doom and gloom images and the buyers don't want that anymore. Two happy drunks and art critics start claiming that his new paintings are fakes, since no one had ever seen him draw them while he was alive. Two police inspectors suspect a fraud but can't yet prove it. The art dealer falls for the wife and she comes clean, so he suggests that they kill her husband for real this time.

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9 March 1985 (USA) See more »

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Desolate double-crossing
9 October 2003 | by analoguebubblebathSee all my reviews

First viewing: October 1984 / Second viewing: October 2003

For the last nineteen years my only memory that I had of `Paint Me A Murder' was one of cliffs and aggressive paintings. After watching it again this afternoon, these two things still stand out - but there's more depth to this one than I previously gave it credit for. A reasonably engaging `Hammer House Of Mystery And Suspense' tale which follows a rather stilted path between a trio of gallery owner, artist and wife. Faked death, murder attempts and a Shakespearean climax is what we get. And lest I forget, two more things: Alan Lake plays yet another loser in the last acting role of his life while Mark Heath as the Inspector gives the finest acting performance I have ever seen anyone give in my whole life. 6/10

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