Gideon C.I.D. (1964– )
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The Thin Red Line 

The Balaclava Silver, which is the regimental silver crockery of a proud Scottish regiment, is gradually being stolen and replaced with fake replicas. Gideon is asked to discretely find out who is stealing the silver pieces.


Cyril Frankel


Iain MacCormick (screenplay by), John Creasey (based on characters created by)


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Episode complete credited cast:
John Gregson ... Commander George Gideon
Alexander Davion ... Detective Chief Inspector David Keen / Chief Insp. David Keen
Daphne Anderson ... Kate Gideon (credit only)
Finlay Currie ... General Sir Hector McGregor
Allan Cuthbertson ... Major Donald Ross
John Cairney ... Captain Robbie McGregor
David Hutcheson David Hutcheson ... Colonel McAlpine
Gordon Jackson ... Sgt. McKinnon
Basil Dignam ... Commissioner Scott-Marle
Donald Pickering ... 'Bookie' Barton Smith
Michael Meacham Michael Meacham ... Captain James Murray
Mary Yeomans Mary Yeomans ... Ann Ross
Guy Deghy ... The Owner of Krootnings
John Serret ... Antoine Dubec
Reginald Jessup ... Det. Supt. Lemaitre


The Balaclava Silver consists of 100s of pieces of expensive silver crockery and is the regimental silver of a proud Scottish regiment that was a part of The Thin Red Line at the Battle of Balaclava. The pieces are gradually being stolen from the regiment and replaced with fake replicas. Suspecting an inside job, the regimental general wants Gideon to find out who is stealing the silver pieces. To complicate the investigation, it must be done discretely to avoid any public scandal. Written by jem

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Finlay Currie receives a 'Guest Star' credit. See more »


When the Commissioner is speaking with Commander George Gideon in his office he calls him John. This is the name of the actor, John Gregson. See more »

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Routine TV ep.
4 December 2013 | by MozjoukineSee all my reviews

One of the better episodes of this thoroughly routine sixties British TV cop series.

The honour of the regiment is at stake when it's antique silver goes missing. Gregson of the Yard is called upon to resolve the matter without besmirching the outfit's reputation and spends the episode talking to quite an impressive selection of British character actors - notably Finlay Currie and Gordon Jackson. The budget even runs to a loyalty toast with kilted officers and piper. The only intriguing element is that the dodgy characters, ever snotty Alan Cuthbertson and smarmy Pickering, are vindicated and the sympathetic officer has to take his toothbrush to the lock up.

The series leads are unable to animate their stock police heroes. They don't figure in those locating scenics pulled from library.

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3 February 1965 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA Sound Recording)

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1.33 : 1
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