Patrol Car: Season 1, Episode 4

Bombs in Piccadilly (4 Dec. 1954)
"Fabian of the Yard" Bombs in Piccadilly (original title)

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Episode credited cast:
Bruce Seton ...
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ann Hanslip ...
Policewoman Wetherby
Reginald Hearne ...
Richard Pearson ...
Sergeant MacKenzie
James Raglan ...
The Assistant Commissioner
John Rowley ...
Carl Paxton


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4 December 1954 (UK)  »

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(RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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I'll kill to stop war
9 May 2013 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

As usual, the episode opens with Fabian in a patrol car saying into a mike "This is Fabian of Scotland Yard." A shady looking man in a beard puts a package outside a tobacco shop. There is an explosion and a woman is injured. While on the scene Fabian spots a suspicious package, it's a bomb and he disarms it. Other bombs are found and disarmed by police but there are also six additional explosions. A terrorist group demanding world peace makes it known that they are responsible for placing the bombs. Fabian spots one of the known terrorists, Carl Paxton, and gives chase. Before Paxton gets away he tells Fabian "The whole world wants peace. I'll kill to stop war." Sounds just like twisted terrorist thinking. Very interestingly, Fabian, at the behest of a superior officer, assigns a woman constable to go under cover to infiltrate the gang. When the constable, Weatherby, asks Fabian what disguise she should use, he replies "The usual cheap Edgeware Road type," whatever that is. I' m assuming it's a lower class loose woman. Weatherby is successful and the police track down the terrorist gang. Prior to nabbing the gang, Fabian amazingly narrates that "We took a strong force but unarmed since that is the rule." Certainly by today's standard, that kind of sentiment just doesn't compute, and surely never did in America. Another interesting scene is when "hard boys from the underground," thugs who Fabian had helped give him a medal inscribed 'To Bob Fabian for Bravery from the Boys.' Really? The real Fabian says in the epilogue that for his work in capturing the terrorist he received the King's Medal for Gallantry. My proudest possession says he. Not a modest man, he. But then Fabian was evidently known as "The greatest detective in England. " This was a very good episode, especially historically interesting with a number of good shots of London monuments and sites and street scenes.

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