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familiar faces

Author: fillherupjacko from United Kingdom
21 January 2009

Lew Daney (Nigel Green, Caine's dodgy boss in The Ipcress File) is robbing a safe at a costume jewellers. This being 1961, he's wearing a shirt and tie. Look, it's just how they did things back then. Anyway, the alarm goes off and Daney ends up shooting a policeman while making good his escape.

Three days later and Scotland Yard are still baffled. Det. Supt. Cowley (Allan Cuthbertson, "that lawyer geezer" from Performance) decides to bring in Tim Jordan (Lee Montague, he pops up twice in The Sweeney), a big police cheese in Rhodesia before he retired after inheriting a fortune. They meet for lunch at the Carlton Tower hotel, one of those places where things are flambéed at the table. Previously, in the foyer, Jordan had bumped into Harry Stone (Alfred Berk – he only popped up once in The Sweeney.) Stone knows Daney from Rhodesia and Jordan isn't sure if they're best friends or worst enemies.

Meanwhile, Stone is making busy at a Soho nightclub owned by Daney. Daney agrees to meet him at a lonely spot down a country lane and take him to the loot. Man alive, wake up, Stone! Daney didn't think twice about shooting a cop and now with undisguised glee he's flexing his drawstring gloves at the prospect of bumping off you… This is another Edgar Wallace Mystery. Directed by Robert Tronson, on account of its location footage, it's a bit more progressive than other episodes from series two.

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