A cat-and-mouse game between a charismatic and manipulative criminal and his interrogator, played out over the four episodes of the miniseries.




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Complete series cast summary:
Timothy Dalton ...  Eddie Myers 4 episodes, 1992
Timothy West ...  DCI Jimmy McKinnes 4 episodes, 1992
David Morrissey ...  Sgt. Larry Jackson 4 episodes, 1992
Annabelle Apsion ...  Susan Jackson 4 episodes, 1992
Penélope Cruz ...  Lola Del Moreno 3 episodes, 1992
Trevor Cooper ...  DI Shrapnel / ... 3 episodes, 1992
James Findleton James Findleton ...  Tony Jackson 2 episodes, 1992
Barry Findleton Barry Findleton ...  John Jackson 2 episodes, 1992
Rowena King ...  Charlotte Lampton 2 episodes, 1992
Glyn Grimstead Glyn Grimstead ...  D.I. Jimmy Falcon / ... 2 episodes, 1992
Wayne Foskett ...  D.C. Summers / ... 2 episodes, 1992
Anthony Smee Anthony Smee ...  Superintendant 2 episodes, 1992
Carol Holt ...  Nurse Jackie 2 episodes, 1992
Francis Johnson ...  DC Frisby 2 episodes, 1992
Angus Kennedy ...  Surveillance officer 2 episodes, 1992
Sheila White ...  Moyra Sheffield 2 episodes, 1992


Eddy Myers, a criminal who absconded from justice in Britain and lives in luxury in Spain under an assumed name, until he is recognized by a young and overly zealous British police officer on holiday. After his extradition to England, Myers offers information about his cronies in return for a reduced sentence, but insists he will only talk to the young officer who was responsible for his arrest in Spain. Thus a cat-and-mouse game between the charismatic and manipulative criminal and his interrogator begins.

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English | Spanish | Italian

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27 November 1992 (UK) See more »

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(4 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


First appearance of Penélope Cruz in and English language production. See more »


Sgt. Larry Jackson: Why do you refuse to see your wife?
Eddie Myers: I'm dead. She buried me.
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Alternate Versions

The original version is a two-part (4 hrs) made-for-TV movie. A 2-hrs condensed version also exists, causing serious damage to the plot and characters. See more »


Remade as Framed (2002) See more »


I'm the Great Pretender
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fascinating, engrossing crime thriller
8 May 2004 | by didi-5See all my reviews

I note with interest that this was Americanised into a new TV version with Rob Lowe and Sam Neill, of all people, but I imagine it was a much watered down version of Lynda La Plante's original story.

In 1992, a version clocking in at over three hours came to British screens (and a limited video release thereafter). The story centres around a con in police protection and the relationship and hold he has over the constable on his case. Casting Timothy Dalton as the con, Eddie Myers, was a masterstroke. He's an unhinged, devious, predatory man with dubious sexual leanings. He plays the role wonderfully, giving the character that raw edge while also making him likeable. David Morrissey, in one of his early roles, plays Sgt. Larry Jackson, who can almost be described as 'the prey'. His nervous energy in dealing both with the intensity of close proximity to Myers and his crumbling marriage to Sue (Annabelle Apsion) is well-portrayed.

Penelope Cruz appeared too, as the mysterious Lola, while Timothy West (as the typical scruffy detective, Mac) and Trevor Cooper (as bumbling and impressionable DI Shrapnel) were memorable. The screenplay was based on a real character, albeit with significant artistic licence. It was clever, engrossing, and - for me - La Plante's best work for television.

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