Tycoon Leonard Gold is being blackmailed by Harold Collins, who has a photo of him present at a massacre of civilians in Malaya when he was in the Army twenty-five years earlier. He appeals... See full summary »

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Leonard Gold
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Tycoon Leonard Gold is being blackmailed by Harold Collins, who has a photo of him present at a massacre of civilians in Malaya when he was in the Army twenty-five years earlier. He appeals to ex-commanding officer Masterson, who, with two mercenaries, breaks into a bank vault and steals the photo and other evidence. However, the job done, Gold finds that Masterson is an even more dangerous blackmailer than Collins. Written by don @ minifie-1

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70s Racial Stereotypes Let The Episode Down Slightly
22 June 2013 | by (Isle Of Bute , Scotland) – See all my reviews

Leonard Gold , an Eastend boy who pulled himself up by the bootlaces is about to be knighted in the Queens birthday honest list . Receiving a call from someone who wants to meet him he finds himself facing Harold Collins who has compromising photographs of Gold and his associates from the conflict in Malaya 25 years earlier and wants money to stay silent

THE SWEENEY was always good at having slightly quirky characters whether they be larger than life camp characters or violent thugs . This episode written by Tony Hoare and directed by Mike Vardy continues this this ethos . The problem is the characters due to their ethnic backgrounds are very dated , so much so that watching it in 2013 you might see some people offended

I'm guessing due to his name Leonard Gold is Jewish and confirmation is reinforced by Colin Jeavons giving a Faginesqe pick a pocket or two my deaz pick a pocket or two performance . On top of that we've got a funky black photographer who calls everyone man and baby and one keeps expecting natural rhythm being brought at one point

That said the episode is fairly impressive with Gold contacting his former military colleague who has a cunning plan with Gold finding his problems have only just begun as he jumps out of the frying pan in to the fryer so there's always something happening plot wise . If nothing else this episode gives you an example of how ethnic minorities were sometimes portrayed in British television which to an unfortunate degree dates the show badly


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