An all-female detective outfit, the "Eyes Enquiry Agency", is formed as a front for the Home Office's new security operation the Covert Activities Thames Section (or CATS for short). ...
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An all-female detective outfit, the "Eyes Enquiry Agency", is formed as a front for the Home Office's new security operation the Covert Activities Thames Section (or CATS for short). Initially led by ex-Oxford Union President Pru Standfast, she was followed by experienced ex-cop Maggie Forbes (who later led the section), computer genius Frederica "Fred" Smith and later Tessa Robinson. Their contact with the Ministry was Nigel Beaumont. The team dealt with a variety of crime from theft to blackmail, to espionage & terrorism. Written by
A previous reviewer stated that CATS Eyes resurrected Maggie Forbes from The Gentle Touch. Hardly, CATS Eyes was a spin-off from The Gentle Touch, which had ended the year before. Initially intended as a new vehicle for Maggie Forbes (Jill Gascoigne), the first series worked fairly well. In the series, Maggie becomes part of a specialised detective agency, joining forces with Fred and Pru to investigate cases, offer protection and advice to various clients. Their cases were handed to them by a mysterious government official, Nigel Beaumont (Don Warrington trying to get away from his Rising Damp character).
One great episode in season 1 featured Fred in the CATS Eyes office all on her own. She had been given an hallucinogenic drug and someone was trying to break in.
Unfortunately, where the series really failed was the woeful Rosalyn Landor - a truly dreadful actress. Thankfully she was replaced for the second season. While Tracey Louise Ward was a better actress her character was not as good and the second series was much poorer.
Its an interesting curiosity, yes it is kind of a British Charlie's Angels but with better stories and certainly not a bimbo show. Most of the leads were good actresses and the 1st season stories were good. It would be nice to see it again. However, it was not a patch on the series that gave birth to it - The Gentle Touch.
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