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The Cat Brought It In 

A pleasant country house weekend is interrupted when the family cat brings in a pair of human fingers instead of the usual mouse or bird. But not even murder can be allowed to disrupt the meticulous veneer of British respectability.

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Nessa Hyams

Writers:

Patricia Highsmith (story "Something the Cat Dragged In"), Douglas Livingstone (as Doug Livingstone)
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Episode cast overview:
Anthony Perkins ... Himself - Host
Edward Fox ... Michael Herbert
Michael Hordern ... Colonel Eddie Phelps
Bill Nighy ... Tom Dickenson
Rosalind Ayres ... Gladys Herbert
Amelia Shankley Amelia Shankley
Francesca Hall Francesca Hall
Richard Goodfield Richard Goodfield
Concha Hidalgo
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A pleasant country house weekend is interrupted when the family cat brings in a pair of human fingers instead of the usual mouse or bird. But not even murder can be allowed to disrupt the meticulous veneer of British respectability.

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Language:

English

Release Date:

7 January 1992 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Didn't really do anything for me.
20 July 2019 | by b_kiteSee all my reviews

Our episode begins with a cat bringing in something strange to the house of Michael Herbert and his family made up of Colonel Eddie Phelps, wife Gladys Herbert, and what may be his daughter, As stated the four believe the idem to be the usual bird or mouse usual to what cats do, but, are surprised to learn that its a pair of human fingers. Herbert and his family are rich and since there home is out to itself they decide to take the fingers wrap them up and put them in a shoe box, without the trouble of contacting the police. However, Michael decides to get to the bottom of the issue which leads him to the disappearance of a young farm hand. After unable to discover what happened to the missing man Herbert decides to contact the police, but, then a farmer named Tom Dickenson steps forward with answers. It's now up to Herbert and his family to decide what they will do next? I happened to come across this series one day just looking around Amazon, and the thought of an Anthony Perkins hosted suspense series really hooked me in. Sadly, this opening pilot episode is sorta short on suspense and heavy on tiresome. It runs 52 minutes witch is way to long, but, I'm not sure if knocking this thing down to a half hour would have done much good either. It's just a really dull story that doesn't get going till about 35 minutes in where they then start to tell you whats going on, and then hit you with a totally dull and pointless ending which I'm not sure even counts as a twist. There's happy pleasant music being played all threw out this and at times it feels and looks exactly like an episode of "Last of the Summer Wine". I really like Perkins opening and closing narrations, he comes of effectively creepy. I just hope the remaining 11 episodes give this show something to live up to.


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