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Series cast summary:
 William Smith 6 episodes, 1997
 Susan Smith 6 episodes, 1997
Mike Reid ...
 Graham the Cabbie 6 episodes, 1997
Camilla Power ...
 Gilda Smith 6 episodes, 1997
 Teddy Middlemass 6 episodes, 1997
 Builder One 6 episodes, 1997
Morgan Jones ...
 Builder Two 6 episodes, 1997
 Dad Middlemass 6 episodes, 1997
 Aunt Doreen 6 episodes, 1997
Guy Normas ...
 Gangsters Driver 6 episodes, 1997
 Haynesie 5 episodes, 1997
 Mr. Jezzard 5 episodes, 1997
Paul Clarkson ...
 Policeman One 3 episodes, 1997
 Headmaster 3 episodes, 1997
Sean Gleeson ...
 Policeman Two 3 episodes, 1997
Charlotte Emmerson ...
Karl Glenn Stimpson ...
 Keetchie 3 episodes, 1997
Judy Browne ...
 Nurse Sandra 2 episodes, 1997
Adam Dean ...
Jimmy Mulville ...
Bohdan Poraj ...
 Dr. Stanforth 2 episodes, 1997
Susan Engel ...
Clare Clifford ...
 Dog Owner 2 episodes, 1997
 Susan & William's Father 2 episodes, 1997
 Government Minister / ... 2 episodes, 1997
Jan Pearson ...
 Susan & William's Mother 2 episodes, 1997


William Smith, a middle-class school teacher from a suburb in London, returns home one day to find his wife Gilda has run off with her boyfriend and taken all his possessions with her. With the help of his sister, Susan, they begin a search for Gilda, and are drawn into the British crime world and become caught in the cross-fire of two crime lords who have been fighting each other all their lives: the kind-natured Teddy Middlemass, and the sadistic Mr. Jezzard. Written by James Castle

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4 November 1997 (UK)  »

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Alamaailma  »

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1.78 : 1
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Superb oddball comedy-thriller series which is never predictable
10 November 2015 | by See all my reviews

One of my favourite ever TV series from the days when Channel 4 (in UK) would present some of the quirkiest television dramas. It's a comedy-thriller which manages at times to be both very funny and at others very thrilling, but is very difficult to categorise in a way which does it justice. Perhaps its greatest strength is that it has a bizarre storyline which keeps taking unpredictable twists so that you can never anticipate what it's going to throw at you next. So you sit there and enjoy the ride.

Trying to describe the plot is a bit futile - basically 2 ordinary boring 40 year old (give or take) siblings get caught up in old- school gangster feuds in suburban London (or wherever it is) - because the switchback journey to its finale is what makes it great viewing.

Excellent acting and script, good character development for some very strange characters, lots of laugh-out-loud one-liners, other moments of carefully built high tension, some very poignant sub- plots - it all comes together very nicely. There are a couple of brutal scenes which now - nearly 20 years later - look fairly dated and unnecessary and some of the gender portrayals are a bit old- fashioned. But these are more reflections of what was acceptable in 1990s TV than anything else.

Never released on DVD as far as I know, but definitely worth revisiting if you can find it - I did, and it was just as good as I remembered from its original TV screening.

Trivia: it was produced by Hat Trick Productions, who also produce the BBC series "Have I Got News For You", which often features one of its founders - Andy Hamilton - as a panelist. Andy was one of the screenwriters for Underworld and makes a couple of uncredited cameo appearances as the neighbour with the flat cap. Some of Underworld's funniest and/or more surreal moments very much reflect the spirit of his contributions to Have I Got News For You.

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