After an eight-year stint for a failed bank heist, Frank Ross (Tom Bell, Prime Suspect) returns to his old gangland haunts to find the snitch who sent him to jail. The smooth, streetwise ... See full summary »
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...  Frank Ross 6 episodes, 1978
Brian Croucher ...  Chris Cottle 5 episodes, 1978
...  Ralph Veneker 5 episodes, 1978
...  Det. Insp. Bryce 5 episodes, 1978
...  Anne Ross 4 episodes, 1978
Robert Walker ...  Rimmer 4 episodes, 1978
...  McGrath 3 episodes, 1978
...  John Pavey 3 episodes, 1978
Maurice O'Connell ...  Eddie Archer 3 episodes, 1978
Bryan Marshall ...  Hallam 3 episodes, 1978
...  Eve Ross 2 episodes, 1978
Peter Blake ...  Pretty Billy Binns 2 episodes, 1978
...  Paul Ross 2 episodes, 1978
...  Cimmie Vincent 2 episodes, 1978
...  Des 2 episodes, 1978
Michael Redfern ...  Rhys Upcott 2 episodes, 1978
...  Trudi / ... 2 episodes, 1978
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After an eight-year stint for a failed bank heist, Frank Ross (Tom Bell, Prime Suspect) returns to his old gangland haunts to find the snitch who sent him to jail. The smooth, streetwise ex-con quickly adjusts to the new attitudes of the disco-tinged '70s but discovers that although neighborhoods change, old grudges never go out of style. Played with steely intelligence by Bell, Ross doesn't hesitate to pull a gun or swing a fist if it suits him. Can he find the rat without falling into the clutches of a ruthless crime boss (Brian Cox, Rise of the Planet of the Apes) or the detective (Norman Rodway, The Bretts) determined to destroy him? Filmed on location in South London, Out depicts a world where gritty pubs, dingy flats, and run-down office buildings teem with high-living mobsters, cash-starved hustlers, and corrupt cops. BAFTA nominee Bell delivers a psychologically complex portrait of a gangster whose inner demons torment him as ferociously as his flesh-and-blood enemies.

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As Good As I Remembered!
21 March 2005 | by See all my reviews

Frank Ross is OUT!... and he wants revenge on whoever grassed to put him inside for eight years. This is the story of how he goes about this while rebuilding his relationships and keeping out of the clutches of the police who would be very happy to find a reason to send him back!

I had a memory of seeing this when it was originally shown in the 1970's, and I wasn't disappointed this time. Trevor Preston is one of the best writers for police and underworld drama from this time (Callan, The Sweeney) and since, and this is his personal masterpiece mini-series. The series comprises six fifty-minute episodes as now available on DVD without the original commercial breaks.

Television drama certainly hasn't moved on from this.


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