Breakaway (1980– )

The Family Affair: Part 6 

Sam sets several traps in order to catch the killer.


Paul Ciappessoni


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Episode complete credited cast:
Martin Jarvis ... Detective Inspector Sam Harvey
Glyn Houston ... C.S. Bert Sinclair
Angela Browne ... Margaret Randell
Derek Farr ... Walter Randell
Hilary Ryan Hilary Ryan ... Jill Foster
Paul Shelley ... Peter Bradford
John Lee ... Norman Harris
Gilly McIver Gilly McIver ... Christine Daley
Patrick Westwood ... Hubert Daley
Brian Peck ... Tom Wilde
Derek Benfield ... Leo Corby
Lockwood West Lockwood West ... George Adams
Pat Gorman ... Det. Insp. Loman
Ray Knight Ray Knight ... Det. Sgt. Cole
Jerry Judge Jerry Judge ... Dean


Sam sets several traps in order to catch the killer.

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Mystery | Thriller

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A satisfying ending.
2 May 2018 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

Part 5 was totally entertaining, dramatic, and built up for a big finale. Ending the series with that standard was always going to be a tall order, and in some ways it achieves, and in a few it perhaps doesn't.

It is always satisfying when you know all, when a multi layered story loaded with twists and turns is revealed. I've seen too many Francis Durbridge productions to have been fooled by the identity of the killer(s) as his work does tend to follow a formula, with tell tale signs.

It is gripping, and I would imagine on first watch the identity of the bad guys is a shock, certainly the reasoning behind the tragic accident involving his parents came as a big surprise.

All in all Breakaway is very good, Durbridge's plots are so clever, and deserve to be re-made for today's audiences. Martin Jarvis is very impressive in the lead role. It lacks some of the magic that the earlier productions like Melissa and Game of Murder, but it's still really worthy of a watch.


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15 February 1980 (UK) See more »

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