Three armed robbers, Harry Rawlins, Terry Miller and Joe Pirelli, die when the security van that they are robbing catches fire in the Kingsway Tunnel in London. Their widows, Dolly Rawlins,... See full summary »
Having successfully robbed a security van [see _"Widows" (1983) (mini)_], Shirley Miller, Linda Pirelli and Bella O'Reilly have escaped to Rio de Janeiro, leaving Dolly Rawlins in London to... See full summary »
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Three armed robbers, Harry Rawlins, Terry Miller and Joe Pirelli, die when the security van that they are robbing catches fire in the Kingsway Tunnel in London. Their widows, Dolly Rawlins, Shirley Miller and Linda Pirelli, find their husbands' plans for the robbery and decide to stage it themselves. They enlist the help of a fourth woman, Bella O'Reilly and succeed in making off with the cash. Then Dolly learns that her husband didn't die in the robbery. And now he wants his money back... Written by
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This represents one of the first times on British TV where crime is seen to pay. Writer Lynda la Plante was very keen for the characters to get caught, but her producers were set against that. At the time, Thames Television, who backed the series, had a Head of Good Taste who approved all scripts. He was sent the first 5 scripts while all this backstage wrangling took place, only for him to ring up, desperate to know how the plot was resolved. When informed that there was a split over how it should end, he told them that it was imperative that they should let the characters get away with it. See more »
This was a fantastic series, which featured some original girl power. Dolly Rawlings served as a sort of matriach, keeping the other girls in check, while they organised themselves in order to carry out the robbery which her dead husband had planned to commit. Lynda La Plante created this series, because she grew tired of the glut of decent roles for women on TV, she was also laughably fed up of playing beaten up 'tarts' (her words) in shows like the 'Sweeney'. Great acting by all concerned, and La Plante's writing had me hooked until the suprise climax. The second series was certainly a must see too.
Own it on DVD or video.
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