Citizen Smith (1977–1980)
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Casablanca Was Never Like This 

When Speed is accused of a jewel robbery he convinces Wolfie that this time he is actually innocent and they engage a private eye to help - Dick Diamond, though he is actually Brian Tofkin ... See full summary »

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Wolfie Smith / Wolfie
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Ken
Hilda Braid ...
Mum
Tony Steedman ...
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Tony Millan ...
George Sweeney ...
John Tordoff ...
Tofkin
Alan Tilvern ...
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David Rowlands ...
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When Speed is accused of a jewel robbery he convinces Wolfie that this time he is actually innocent and they engage a private eye to help - Dick Diamond, though he is actually Brian Tofkin with a Bogart fixation. Wolfie believes that Mr Rossman, the jeweller, framed Speed and stole the diamonds himself for an insurance fraud and, since Diamond is fairly useless, the case is solved thanks to Mr Rossman's dog whom he has left with Mum to look after for him. Written by don @ minifie-1

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27 June 1980 (UK)  »

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Send for Dick Diamond!
12 June 2010 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

Speed is on trial for stealing £10,000 worth of diamonds from Rossman's jeweller's shop, a crime for which he maintains his innocence. After botching his defence in court, Wolfie decides to enlist the services of private detective 'Dick Diamond'. Unfortunately, Diamond turns out to be none other than Brian Tofkin ( John Tordoff ), the deranged ex-policeman last seen in Season 3's 'Tofkin's Revenge'. Tofkin cannot even find a spoon in his office, and takes pills to 'stop him from turning into Humphrey Bogart', so Speed's chances of acquittal look remote indeed...

One of the last 'Smith' episodes to be made, this is good fun, giving us our last encounter with Tofkin, who seems to be getting progressively madder. Here he not only dresses like Bogart ( and has blow-up pictures of him on his office walls ), but also sings 'As Time Goes By' from 'Casablanca' when alone in his office.

Funniest moment - when Tofkin bungles the investigation, Wolfie tells him straight: "You certainly live up to your name!". "Diamond?", asks Tofkin. "Dick!", comes the reply.


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