A Slight Case Of Absalom

September 27th, 2008 | researchmaterial

Every couple of years, I trip over this again and re-read it. Tonight I’ve done it again. This is a script by Edward Boyd called A SLIGHT CASE OF ABSALOM, part of THE VIEW FROM DANIEL PIKE tv series that ran over here from 1971 to 1973. Daniel Pike is a half-mad Glaswegian private investigator who keeps an office wall covered in photographs of atrocities, and is once described as looking like a well-dressed cement mixer. And the dialogue is just marvellous. Upon the suggestion that Pike take a plane to a remote island to conduct a missing-person search:

But I’m not flying … I know it’s faster… Look, it’s something to do with my inner ear. No head for heights. I once threw up just looking at a giraffe in the zoo…

It’s a delight just to listen to it in your head. A SLIGHT CASE OF ABSALOM is found right here.


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