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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]


Crime | Drama


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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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This was Lynda la Plante's first successful TV drama, brought about by her frustration at the parts available to her as an actress on late-1970s British TV. See more »


Remade as Widows (2002) See more »

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One of the best heist mini-series ever to come out of England!
5 August 2018 | by matty-aquarius54See all my reviews

I first watched 'Widows' back in 2008 and it's been staple viewing ever since. It never gets old I always enjoy it thoroughly. Ann Mitchell is brilliant in a tour de force performance that deserved a BAFTA award, she is brilliant, Ann totally encapsulates the character of Dolly Rawlins. Lynda La Plante is one of England's best crime writers and her television credits are very good she penned a fantastic script for this series Widows and its subsequent series plus it's third installment 'She's Out', which was also brilliant. After the huge success of Widows bringing in a viewing audience of 18 million in the UK Lynda La Plante when onto even bigger success by writing the famous 'Prime Suspect ' series and went on to win two Emmy awards and an Edgar Allan Poe award for her work on the fabulous crime series starring Helen Mitten. Later she also won a Dennis Potter BAFTA award for television writing. So it's safe to say anything penned by Lynda La Plante is going to be a worthwhile viewing. The production values are fantastic and the London locations are wonderful, the lock up being a favourite of mine. The supporting cast all do a wonderful job the acting is top notch by all. I can't recommend this wonderful series enough and if you haven't seen it do yourself a favour and watch it you won't be disappointed. 5*****

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