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Hard-hitting drama in which Maurice Colbourne plays John Kline, a former SAS operative and convicted criminal who is released from prison recruited to act as an undercover agent within Birmingham's underworld.
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 (Series Cast Summary - 17 of 41)
Maurice Colbourne ... John Kline (12 episodes, 1976-1978)
Ahmed Khalil ... Khan (12 episodes, 1976-1978)
Elizabeth Cassidy ... Anne Darracott (12 episodes, 1976-1978)
Alibe Parsons ... Sarah Gant (12 episodes, 1976-1978)

Saeed Jaffrey ... Aslam Rafiq (11 episodes, 1976-1978)
Paul Satvendar ... Kuldip (10 episodes, 1976-1978)
Terry Downes ... Roy Studd / ... (6 episodes, 1976-1978)

Paul Barber ... Malleson (6 episodes, 1976)
Emily Bolton ... Mangit (6 episodes, 1976)
Rolf Day ... Comedian / ... (6 episodes, 1976)
Oscar James ... Malleson's bodyguard (6 episodes, 1976)
Oswald Lindsay ... Malleson's bodyguard (6 episodes, 1976)
Tariq Yunus ... Jashir Singh Mahail (6 episodes, 1976)
Chai Lee ... Lily Li Tang (6 episodes, 1978)
Paul Antrim ... Dermot Mcavoy (5 episodes, 1976-1978)
Kristopher Kum ... Mr. Yang (5 episodes, 1976-1978)
John Main ... Dermot's bodyguard / ... (5 episodes, 1976-1978)

Series Directed by
Alastair Reid (6 episodes, 1976-1978)
Roger Tucker (3 episodes, 1978)
Kenneth Ives (2 episodes, 1976)
Series Writing credits
Philip Martin (12 episodes, 1976-1978)

Series Produced by
David Rose .... producer (12 episodes, 1976-1978)
Series Original Music by
Dave Greenslade (8 episodes, 1976-1978)
Series Film Editing by
Mike Hall (4 episodes, 1976-1978)
Oliver White (4 episodes, 1976)
Series Production Design by
Ian Ashurst (8 episodes, 1976-1978)

Charles Bond (unknown episodes)
Series Costume Design by
Tudor George (6 episodes, 1976)
Ann Arnold (2 episodes, 1978)
Series Makeup Department
Gwen Arthy .... makeup artist (3 episodes, 1976)
Jan Nethercot .... makeup artist (3 episodes, 1976)
Jackie Hodgson .... makeup artist (2 episodes, 1978)
Series Art Department
Paul Howell .... title sequence (1 episode, 1978)
Series Sound Department
Alastair Askham .... sound: studio / studio sound (8 episodes, 1976-1978)
Dave Baumber .... dubbing mixer (7 episodes, 1976-1978)
Alex Christison .... film sound (4 episodes, 1976-1978)
John Gilbert .... film sound (4 episodes, 1976)
Series Stunts
Pat Roach .... stunt adviser (4 episodes, 1976)
Alan Chuntz .... stunt adviser (2 episodes, 1978)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Dick Bentley .... studio lighting (7 episodes, 1976-1978)
Ken Morgan .... film camera (4 episodes, 1976-1978)
Michael Williams .... film camera (3 episodes, 1976)
Series Editorial Department
John Lannin .... editor: video tape (1 episode, 1976)
Mike Bloore .... editor: video tape (1 episode, 1978)
Series Music Department
Dave Greenslade .... musical director (4 episodes, 1976-1978)
Chris Farlowe .... singer: theme song (2 episodes, 1978)
Series Other crew
Peter Ansorge .... script editor (8 episodes, 1976-1978)
Dawn Robertson .... production unit manager (8 episodes, 1976-1978)
Andrew Meikle .... production assistant (5 episodes, 1976-1978)
Roger Gregory .... production assistant (2 episodes, 1976)

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50 min (12 episodes)

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9 out of 10 people found the following review useful.
Forget Life On Mars, this is the business, 19 April 2007
Author: trpuk1968 from United Kingdom

I recently moved to Birmingham, where this series was filmed so watching it over the course of several evenings was great fun - specially when I spotted a location at the end of my street. Years ahead of its time, the series span off a Play for Today. The Play for Today, which opens the DVD set, is a gritty drama concerning the Birmingham underworld and the attempts by ex con John Kline to cash in his business interests and leave the 'second city' for new ventures in London. The series spins out the attempts by criminal interests to dispose of Kline, once and for all. Various deals and betrayals take place, with alliances shifting all the time. One aspect may be controversial to the politically correct. There's several scenes set in a nightclub, with comedians telling racist jokes. This is not gratuitous, in the way that, say, a Tarantino film using the N word is. It challenges the viewer to consider their response - do you laugh? If so, at what? The joke itself, or the racist ideologies underlining it? The situation is complicated by one of the comedians, and several members of the audience, being black or Asian. The series highlights how the Black and Asian gangster bosses have taken on the subject positions, the positions of power, of their white counterparts. The programme plays with racial stereotyping in a reflexive way, a way which brings about an awareness in the audience. This is done through excessive acting, costume and also the title sequence of the second series, which references martial arts and Bond films. The series becomes increasingly abstract and self referential and put me in mind of The Prisoner at its conclusion. The writer, Philip Martin, props up in several cameos including the bizarre 'white devil.' I d be interested to read other peoples comments on this series which I can highly recommend. Forget Life On Mars, this is the real thing.

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