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A Merry Xmas to all I.M.D.B. users, in particular my good friends 'Ecky Thump', 'Cornonthecobb', 'Cyril Blake', 'TheVintageT.V.' and the latter's charming fiancée 'Misstephie'. I also want to extend Season's Greetings to Steven Moffat ( despite his having screwed up big time 'Dr.Who' and 'Sherlock Holmes' this year ) and Dylan Witty, the 15 year-old Moffat zealot who claimed that 'Dr.Who' Season 6 was going to get a hefty budget increase because Season 5 was so successful ( in fact it was a ratings disaster compared to the Eccleston/Tennant years ), and did not give me a reply when I asked how he came by this information.
Onto 'Budgie'. The first episode - 'Out' - ended with Budgie stealing a fruit machine from a cricket club. For most of Season 1 it was in Hazel's flat. When she chucks him out at the start of 'And In Again', it is dumped on the doorstep along with his other belongings. He takes it to Charlie's shop. Bad decision. The police stage a raid, asking Endell where it came from. Soon the police and Endell's thugs are chasing Budgie across London...
Great finale to a great series. One by one the doors slam shut on Budgie as everyone turns against him. After a farcical trial in which he is charged not only with the theft of the fruit machine but also the Carnaby Street boots he is wearing, the wily thief gets off lightly, only to be then rearrested by D.S. Bryant ( Derek Newark ) for daubing graffiti on his cell walls. John Rhys-Davies, later to play 'Sallah' in two Indiana Jones pictures, is Endell's henchman 'Laughing Spam Fritter'.
A second season was a racing certainty, although Faith announced before it went into production it would be the last.
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