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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.
Alastair Reid obituary
 (From The Guardian - TV News. 9 September 2011, 4:10 PM, PDT)

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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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3 out of 4 people found the following review useful.
First of the Brit gangster series, 12 January 2006
Author: spudmachine-1 from United Kingdom

I was 15 when this series first ran and it was very much a leader in its genre. Today we're used to the Brit gangster movies like Lock Stock, and Snatch, but back in 1975 I'd never seen anything like Gangsters before.

For one thing the characters are all "real people". In shows like The Saint, and the Avengers, the leading roles were very much 2-dimensional. You could never have an ordinary person as "perfect" as Simon Templar or John Steed. But Maurice Colburn's character was flawed. He didn't always win, and his girlfriend is a reformed junkie who ends up with some nasty things happening to her. Also the violence in the show, although restrained by today's standards, was a heck of a lot grittier than the kind of clinical efforts of earlier shows.

This was also one of the first shows I remember in which drugs played a key part.

It's been 30 years since I saw the series - for some reason it hasn't been repeated on UK TV as far as I remember.

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