Stop,Look,Listen…my weekly selection of favourite films, books and events to get you out of the house

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public eye Public Eye (DVD.) As drama on our television screens seems to be dominated by murder and violence, it’s good to remind ourselves that there was a time when stories about the seediness and smallness of  people’s lives  were seen as important subject matter for a prime time series.  Public Eye  ran for ten years from 1965-75, starring esteemed actor  Alfred Burke as  a private detective (a spin on the title Public Eye) Frank Marker alongside many other up and coming  actors.  The  1969 series, set in Brighton,   begins with Frank coming out of prison after having been framed. He is now on probation, watched over by a benign probation officer who sorts out lodgings and a job (unbelievable today) for him.  Frank gets lodgings with an Irish landlady (played wonderfully by Pauline Delaney)  and settles back into his new life. The problems faced by ex-prisoners are…

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