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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Tom Bell ...  Frank Ross 6 episodes, 1978
Brian Croucher Brian Croucher ...  Chris Cottle 5 episodes, 1978
John Junkin ...  Ralph Veneker 5 episodes, 1978
Norman Rodway ...  Det. Insp. Bryce 5 episodes, 1978
Lynn Farleigh ...  Anne Ross 4 episodes, 1978
Robert Walker Robert Walker ...  Rimmer 4 episodes, 1978
Brian Cox ...  McGrath 3 episodes, 1978
Derrick O'Connor ...  John Pavey 3 episodes, 1978
Maurice O'Connell Maurice O'Connell ...  Eddie Archer 3 episodes, 1978
Bryan Marshall Bryan Marshall ...  Hallam 3 episodes, 1978
Victoria Fairbrother ...  Eve Ross 2 episodes, 1978
Peter Blake Peter Blake ...  Pretty Billy Binns 2 episodes, 1978
Andrew Paul ...  Paul Ross 2 episodes, 1978
Katherine Schofield ...  Cimmie Vincent 2 episodes, 1978
Hugh Fraser ...  Des 2 episodes, 1978
Michael Redfern Michael Redfern ...  Rhys Upcott 2 episodes, 1978
Seretta Wilson ...  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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24 July 1978 (UK) See more »

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(6 episodes)
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Simply the Best of British Television Crime Drama!
26 October 2005 | by airsporterSee all my reviews

In a word, they just don't make them like this anymore and most likely couldn't even if they tried!

Tom Bell is brilliant as Frank Ross in 'Out' and if you haven't seen it your're in for a real treat. Credit also to the rest of the cast who also rate very highly and it's hard to pick out anybody in particular. There're all good.

Also, unlike, say 'A Touch of Frost' or 'Midsomer Murders' etc, the plot of 'Out' is fairly easy to understand and doesn't leave you wondering "what the hell is going on here"? as it twists and turns through various sub-plots!

Anyway, watching this gem a second or third time round is in for a treat not a trick! I'm getting my copy on DVD this week along with a case of lagers and I'm going to sit back and enjoy a real TV classic. (over 2 evenings of course...)

PS Also, about this time the BBC aired another great British 4 part crime thriller (90 minutes each) called 'Law and Order' and what an addition that would make to anybody's archive DVD collection of '70's TV offerings.


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