Monday, December 03, 2007

The Devil's Lieutenant

Those of us old enough to remember the days when Channel 4 broadcast material worth watching might remember a drama from the early 1980's entitled 'The Devil's Lieutenant'.
It told the story of how, in the Austro-Hungarian Empire in the days just before The Great War, an older officer (played by the late Helmut Griem) investigated a brilliant junior officer (played by the late Ian Charleson) suspected of complicity in a murder by poisoning.
The charges are denied; and the older officer struggles with the conflict between his feelings for a brother officer in trouble and the weight of evidence until, as the last man at the court-martial to give his verdict, he stands up and pronounces:"Guilty".
The younger man is assured he will be freed the minute war breaks out; but it doesn't happen.
The drama ended with the two men meeting in the street after the war; with the younger officer, who before his trial had vehemently protested his innocence, asking what was the point of all that trouble...over a few grains of poison...
The show was brought back to mind by Alan Cochrane's piece in today's 'Daily Telegraph'. Apparently, he got a phone call at the weekend from a journalist friend of Wendy Alexander's, angered by his suggestion that she should resign over an illegal donation of just £950.
Donorgate will kill The Scottish Labour Party.
Yes, folks, as hard as it may seem to believe, they're going the way of the Whigs.
And good riddance to them all.


Blogger Apostolos said...

My mother played in that movie!!! Please if u find the full cast of the movie tell me!!

24 December, 2010 23:18  

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