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Vienna (OTS) – On Thursday, July 21, 2022, ORF III Culture and Information will show a double episode of “Inspector Barnaby” in the main evening. In “The Druids Are Coming” and “The Beast Must Die,” Neil Dudgeon sets out as an investigator in search of murderers. On Friday, July 22, to mark the 25th anniversary of the death of acting legend James Stewart, two classic films by the master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock are on the program: Stewart stars in both “The Window on the Farm” and “Vertigo.”
Thursday, July 21
ORF III shows two films from the “Inspector Barnaby” series from 2011 in the main evening program. In “The Druids Are Coming” (8:15 p.m.), everything revolves around the murder of farmer Alex Preston, who is found slain on the victim’s table in Crowcall Circle, an ancient stone circle. The investigation leads Barnaby (Neil Dudgeon) to a stolen piece of Celtic jewelry.
Then, in “The Beast Must Die” (9:50 p.m.), the inspector is confronted with a murder at the Midsomer Abbas cider festival, which he attends himself: The body of tax investigator Peter Slim is floating in a wine barrel. A trail leads to an ancient rite revived by pub owner Samuel Quested.
Friday, July 22
To mark the 25th anniversary of James Stewart’s death, ORF III shows two films by Alfred Hitchcock starring the acting legend. At 8:15 p.m., “The Window to the Courtyard” from 1954 is on the program. Press photographer L. B. Jeffries (Stewart) is confined to a wheelchair due to a broken leg. Bored, he watches his neighbor in the house across the street through his telephoto lens. One day, he believes he has witnessed a murder. Jeffries’ girlfriend Lisa (Grace Kelly) secretly searches the apartment of the crime suspect – and gets into deadly danger.
At 10:10 p.m., a second classic film starring James Stewart follows, made in 1958. In “Vertigo – From the Realm of the Dead,” Stewart as former policeman John Fergusson is assigned by a friend to monitor the suicidal Madeleine Elster (Kim Novak). But because of his fear of heights, he can’t prevent the worst from happening. Madeleine throws herself to her death from a church tower. A short time later, Fergusson meets a young woman who looks just like the dead woman. He has no idea that he has become the victim of an intrigue.
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