Four-part drama series about the British juicidal system, dealing with an investigation presented from the perspectives of the police force, the criminal, the solicitor and the prison system.
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Peter Dean ...
 Jack Lynn 3 episodes, 1978
Derek Martin ...
 D.I. Fred Pyall 3 episodes, 1978
Deirdre Costello ...
 Cathy Lynn 3 episodes, 1978
Billy Cornelius ...
 D.S. Eric Lethridge 3 episodes, 1978
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 Clifford Harding 3 episodes, 1978
Ken Campbell ...
 Alex Gladwell 3 episodes, 1978
Fred Haggerty ...
 D.C.I. Tony Simmons 3 episodes, 1978
Roy Sone ...
 Micky Fielder 2 episodes, 1978
Barry Summerford ...
 John Tully 2 episodes, 1978
Alan Davidson ...
 Benny Isaacs 2 episodes, 1978
Tony Barouch ...
 Colin Coleman 2 episodes, 1978
Mike Horsburgh ...
 D.I. Graham McHale 2 episodes, 1978
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 D.S. Jack Barcy 2 episodes, 1978
Mike Cummings ...
 Tommy Haines 2 episodes, 1978
Robert Oates ...
 D.C. Warren Slater 2 episodes, 1978
Alan Clarke ...
 D.C. Ray Jenkins 2 episodes, 1978
Johnny Feltwell ...
 D.C. Matthew Hall 2 episodes, 1978
Colin Howells ...
 D.C. Roger Humphries 2 episodes, 1978
Geoffrey Todd ...
 DC Peter Fenton 2 episodes, 1978
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 D.C. Simon Brent 2 episodes, 1978
Dominic Allan ...
 D.C.I. Chatt (A.10) / ... 2 episodes, 1978
Martin Gordon ...
 Mr. English 2 episodes, 1978
Frank Henson ...
 Frank Ryan / ... 2 episodes, 1978
Peter Craze ...
 T.D.C. Peter Footring 2 episodes, 1978
Eric Kent ...
 D.I. Frank Kenley 2 episodes, 1978
Stanley McGeagh ...
 Gladwell's Clerk / ... 2 episodes, 1978
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Four-part drama series about the British juicidal system, dealing with an investigation presented from the perspectives of the police force, the criminal, the solicitor and the prison system.

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Detective, criminal, lawyer, who should be the prisoner?

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Crime | Drama

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6 April 1978 (UK)  »

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G F Newman's Law and Order  »

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Former stuntman Derek Martin considers this his breakthrough as a serious actor. See more »

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Referenced in The Real 'Life on Mars'! (2008) See more »

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Inciteful, closer to the truth than was comfortable for the authorities
31 May 2005 | by (West Midlands) – See all my reviews

This beautifully and cleverly researched series of three separate plays touched a sensitivity at the time; and history has proved that it was not too far from the mark. It was shown on BBC2 in 1978. THIS SHOULD BE RELEASED ON VIDEO/DVD before this magnificent 'tour de force' is lost forever.

Three stories; the Detective's Tale, The Villains Tale and the prisoner's Tale. Each character's situation, raison d'etre is explored ruthlessly by Newman and each character's flaws and mind sets contribute to a withering examination of the legal profession, the police and villainy in general.

The story was broadcast at the time of the notorious 'Countryman' country-wide police enquiry (mischevious timing perhaps) and made the whole country think again about the truth that some (very) few, police officers had become a law unto to themselves. Beautifully scripted with wry humour.

The actual story has three central characters Jack Lynn (villain), Alex Gladwell (lawyer) and the magnificent Inspector Pyle of the Met.Police, who produces the ultimate portrayal of a bent detective, a classic example of a good detective, gone wrong.

The background is an armed robbery that went wrong but had sufficient substance in it to enable Pyle to fit up Jack Lynn.

There are no heroes in this film.

This play will anger, frustrate, disturb and uncomfortably amuse.


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