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"Diamond Geezer" A Royal Affair (2007)

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Original Air Date:
9 April 2007 (Season 1, Episode 1)
Whilst relaxing in the South of France, Des and his son are arrested on suspicion of murder. However Scotland Yard offers them a way out - if they can steal a valuable diamond from inside Buckingham Palace, the charges will be dropped. | Add synopsis »
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order) (complete, awaiting verification)

David Jason ... Des

Stephen Wight ... Phil
David Troughton ... DI Critchley

Jenny Agutter ... Vanessa
George Cole ... Gerald
Terence Harvey ... Terence Brightway

Gary Whelan ... Benny

Mary Tamm ... Maureen Carlton
William Scott-Masson ... Head of Security
Georges Trillat ... Inspector Carne
Philip Bird ... Interpreter
Penny Smith ... Herself
Frank Brunet ... Jules the Builder
Marc Finn ... Eric
Nathan Kershaw ... Security Guard
Daniel O'Brien ... Security Guard
Dennis Blanch ... Royal Footman
Peter Owen ... Policeman
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Piers Mettrick ... Passer-by (uncredited)

Episode Crew
Directed by
Paul Harrison 
Writing credits
Caleb Ranson (creator)

Caleb Ranson (written by)

Produced by
David Jason .... executive producer
Menzies Kennedy .... associate producer
David Reynolds .... executive producer
David Reynolds .... producer
Original Music by
Ray Russell 
Cinematography by
Peter Jackson (director of photography)
Film Editing by
David Aspinall 
Casting by
Marilyn Johnson 
Production Design by
George Kyriakides 
Makeup Department
Veronica Lewis .... makeup artist
Chris Lyons .... special effects teeth
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Martin Curry .... first assistant director
Julie Heskin .... third assistant director
Art Department
Duncan Griffiths .... stand-by props
Sound Department
Alun Banks .... sound maintenance
Helen Dickson .... dubbing editor
Carole Gleich .... dubbing editor
Les Honess .... sound recordist
Adam Severs .... dubbing mixer
Bonnie Wild .... assistant dubbing mixer (as Bonnie Curtis)
Special Effects by
Steve Cawood .... armourer
Paul Weston .... stunt coordinator
Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Brindle .... gaffer
Steven Gardner .... clapper loader: second unit
Sean Healy .... grip
John Maskall .... camera operator
Chris Sowden .... best boy
Paul Hanning .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (uncredited)
Editorial Department
Mandy Miller .... post-production paperwork
Location Management
Ben Hepworth .... location manager

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Caleb Ranson  creator

Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Jo Morris .... second assistant director
Matthew Sharp .... second assistant director
Camera and Electrical Department
Kirsten de Maid .... camera trainee (as Kirsten Budd)
Kirsten de Maid .... clapper loader: second unit (as Kirsten Budd)
Mark Dempsey .... clapper loader
Jamie Hicks .... focus puller
Casting Department
Laura Windows .... casting assistant
Location Management
Karl Hall .... assistant location manager
Other Companies

Additional Details

69 min


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1 out of 3 people found the following review useful.
Entertaining without being worth seeking out, 6 December 2008
Author: kiwigoldfish from New Zealand

If it's on the box and you're planning a quiet night in then this is probably a reasonable option.

The whole thing comes across as a kind of a low-key British "Oceans Eleven", but without the big names (although "Minder's" George Cole and "Only Fools and Horses" David Jason appear to relish the trip down memory lane and the chance to return to the lighter side of the criminal world.)

The plot has a few holes and is a bit on the daft side, but David Jason's performance is - as ever - that of an engaging lovable rogue. Like I said, at time it did feel a bit too much like Oceans 11 and not enough like a story in its own right, but if you put that to one side and don't hold the highest hopes for it then you should be entertained.

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