This episode centres around a wooden African fetish or voodoo carving, christened Charlie Boy by its new owners Sarah (Angela Bruce) and her boyfriend Graham (Leigh Lawson). They acquire the fetish after Graham's Uncles untimely and tragic death.
After collecting the fetish, Graham and Sarah have a road rage experience and when at home later the same day they start joking around and taking their anger out on Charlie Boy. Unbeknown to them the voodoo doll works and the road rage driver dies an unpleasant death.
More deaths occur at he hands of Charlie Boy and Graham discovers a connection to a photograph he was holding when he stabbed Charlie Boy with one of the miniature daggers. Graham is convinced that the people in the photograph are dying in the sequence that they appear and he tries his best to prevent any further deaths of Mark (Grahams brother), Gwen (his Uncle's housekeeper), Phil (a mate with whom he wishes to go into business with), Sarah and himself.
When Graham discovers that Mark, Gwen and Phil all die in dreadful circumstances, it is a race against time to stop the curse of Charlie Boy. He visits Heinz (Marius Goring), a friend of his late Uncle and an antique dealer who informs him that the only way is to make a fire and burn the fetish.
Unfortunately Charlie Boy and the rest of Graham and Sarah's flat has been stolen and Graham franticly tries to hunt down the whereabouts of Charlie Boy. Heinz thinks he knows who may have stolen Charlie Boy and gives Graham the details.
When he eventually retrieves the fetish, Graham rushes back home to burn it before anything happens to Sarah, but on his way home he passes a road traffic accident not knowing that Sarah is dead. When he gets to the flat, he goes down into the basement and sets a fire. He dowses the wood in petrol and sets it alight. He grabs Charlie Boy from the stairs where it has been laying, watching Graham prepare the fire, but Graham trips, falls and knocks himself out and falls onto the fire. Charlie Boy gets thrown clear of the fire.
18th October 1980 (UK ITV)
Film locations used in the episode
The exterior shots of Grahams Uncle's stately home are Hampden House as are the interior shots. The opening scene is the Main Hall of Hampden House.
The road rage locations are in Great Missenden along Rignall Road
When Gwen is shown driving home, she is infact driving along the main drive to Hampden House
Heinz's antique shop is in Hill Avenue, Amersham-on-the-Hill, near the train station
The crossroads at Hampden House is used (and in other episodes too)
Exterior of Graham and Sarah's house is Peterley Manor in Prestwood (Thanks to Maverick Media for locating this one)
Interior of Graham and Sarah's house is Hampden House (Thanks to Andy Pagin for confirming this. He says "a scene at 30min 53sec shows a blanked out stone window frame, this is on the 1st floor between two rooms, originally it must have been an outside window that was blanked when the house was extended")