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Three armed robbers, Harry Rawlins, Terry Miller and Joe Pirelli, die when the security van that they are robbing catches fire in the Kingsway Tunnel in London. Their widows, Dolly Rawlins,... See full summary »
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Series cast summary:
Ann Mitchell ...  Dolly Rawlins 6 episodes, 1983
Maureen O'Farrell Maureen O'Farrell ...  Linda Perelli 6 episodes, 1983
Fiona Hendley Fiona Hendley ...  Shirley Miller 6 episodes, 1983
David Calder ...  D.I. George Resnick 6 episodes, 1983
Kate Williams Kate Williams ...  Audrey Withey 6 episodes, 1983
Paul Jesson ...  D.S. Alec Fuller 6 episodes, 1983
Eva Mottley Eva Mottley ...  Bella O'Reilly 5 episodes, 1983
Peter Machin Peter Machin ...  D.C. Robin Andrews 5 episodes, 1983
Maurice O'Connell Maurice O'Connell ...  Harry Rawlins 4 episodes, 1983
Jeffrey Chiswick Jeffrey Chiswick ...  Arnie Fisher 4 episodes, 1983
George Costigan ...  Charlie 4 episodes, 1983
Carol Gillies Carol Gillies ...  Alice 4 episodes, 1983
Stanley Meadows ...  Eddie Rawlins 4 episodes, 1983
Dudley Sutton ...  Boxer Davis 3 episodes, 1983
Terry Cowling ...  Jimmy Nunn 3 episodes, 1983
Christopher Ellison ...  Tony Fisher 3 episodes, 1983
Terence Harvey ...  Chief Insp. Saunders 3 episodes, 1983
Anthony Heaton Anthony Heaton ...  Bill Grant 3 episodes, 1983
James Lister James Lister ...  Carlos Moreno 3 episodes, 1983
Peter Lovstrom ...  Greg Withey 3 episodes, 1983
Irene Marot Irene Marot ...  Gloria 3 episodes, 1983
Catherine Neilson ...  Trudie Nunn 3 episodes, 1983
Michael John Paliotti Michael John Paliotti ...  Joe Perelli 3 episodes, 1983
Terry Stuart Terry Stuart ...  Terry Miller 3 episodes, 1983
Judith Fellows Judith Fellows ...  Mother Superior 2 episodes, 1983
Julie May Julie May ...  Fran 2 episodes, 1983


Three armed robbers, Harry Rawlins, Terry Miller and Joe Pirelli, die when the security van that they are robbing catches fire in the Kingsway Tunnel in London. Their widows, Dolly Rawlins, Shirley Miller and Linda Pirelli, find their husbands' plans for the robbery and decide to stage it themselves. They enlist the help of a fourth woman, Bella O'Reilly and succeed in making off with the cash. Then Dolly learns that her husband didn't die in the robbery. And now he wants his money back... Written by Martin Underwood <imdb@martinunderwood.f9.co.uk>

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They vowed to finish the job that killed their husbands - robbing the richest security van in England. [Video] [Australia]


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Release Date:

16 March 1983 (UK) See more »

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Widows See more »

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London, England, UK See more »

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"Widows" drew audiences of 18 million when it first aired in the UK in 1983, almost unheard of figures for a TV series featuring unknown actresses and an untried writer. See more »


Followed by She's Out (1995) See more »

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Oh, why don't they make like this anymore?
8 April 2003 | by buckaroobanzai50See all my reviews

This was a fantastic series, which featured some original girl power. Dolly Rawlings served as a sort of matriach, keeping the other girls in check, while they organised themselves in order to carry out the robbery which her dead husband had planned to commit. Lynda La Plante created this series, because she grew tired of the glut of decent roles for women on TV, she was also laughably fed up of playing beaten up 'tarts' (her words) in shows like the 'Sweeney'. Great acting by all concerned, and La Plante's writing had me hooked until the suprise climax. The second series was certainly a must see too.

Own it on DVD or video.

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