Special Branch: Season 3, Episode 1

A Copper Called Craven (4 Apr. 1973)

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DCI Alan Craven is accused of taking bribes. Things go from bad to worse as an internal investigation uncovers a questionable deposit in his bank account. Suspended from duty, Craven must clear his name or face criminal charges.

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George Sewell ...
Roger Rowland ...
Peter Jeffrey ...
Pettiford
Sheila Scott-Wilkenson ...
Pam Sloane (as Sheila Scott Wilkinson)
Richard Butler ...
Tony Selby ...
Ridley
Barry Jackson ...
Workman
Patrick Connor ...
Corrigan (as Patrick Cowner)
Patrick Jordan ...
Customs Official
Jennifer Piercey ...
Landlady
Frank Jarvis
John Scholes
Peter Hughes
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DCI Alan Craven is accused of taking bribes. Things go from bad to worse as an internal investigation uncovers a questionable deposit in his bank account. Suspended from duty, Craven must clear his name or face criminal charges.

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Good UK Cop show
5 September 2012 | by (Canada) – See all my reviews

Special Branch – A Copper named Craven – 1973 The Customs boys get an anonymous phone call that a man with a suitcase of gold Swiss watches will be coming through the airport. They pull the man from the "nothing to declare" line and search his suitcase. The case is full of watches.

The man, Tony Selby, gets upset and asks what is going on. He says he paid a 300 pound bribe to a copper, George Sewell, for a free ride through customs.

Sewell, a Detective Inspector with the Special Branch, is pulled in for questioning. Peter Jeffery, a Internal Affairs Inspector, goes after Sewell with a vengeance, "I hate bent cops!" Sewell is suspended till the situation can be cleared up.

Jeffery and his partner, Barry Jackson, search Sewell's office and home. They find a bank-book with a 300 pound deposit. Swell is at a loss to explain the money and says it must be a frame-up.

Sewell really gets upset when Jeffery rips up his girlfriend, Shelia Scott-Wilkenson's apartment. Suspended or not, he is going to discover who is after him.

He asks Roger Rowland, another Special Branch Detective, to get him the file on Selby. Sewell hunts the man down for a spot of questioning. Selby is not all that forthcoming in the info department. Sewell knocks him around till Selby is a bit more agreeable in that area.

It turns out the frame is over an armed female IRA member Sewell had shot years before. The father of the woman wanted revenge. Now that he has the info he needs, Sewell tells Selby that it would be best for his continued good health, if he was to tell the Police that he lied about the bribe.

Sewell now pays a visit to an IRA contact and likewise convinces them to back off.

Jeffery drops the investigation and Sewell returns to work.

A much better show than I was expecting. Sewell makes for a most imposing Copper in anyone's book. (color)


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