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Lawson's Last Stand 

Mentally unstable Lieutenant-Colonel Peter Lawson escapes from an army psychiatric hospital. He is in possession of vital NATO secrets regarding the world's most toxic gas and it is vital ... See full summary »

Director:

Ian Sharp

Writers:

Brian Clemens (creator), Ranald Graham
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Gordon Jackson ... George Cowley
Martin Shaw ... Doyle
Lewis Collins ... Bodie
Michael Culver ... Lt. Col. Peter Lawson
John Hallam ... Tug Willis
Michael Angelis ... Len Clarke
Donald Pickering ... Brigadier Tennant
Helen Cherry ... Lavinia Lawson
Stephen Greif ... Dr. Lowe
Eve Bland Eve Bland ... Doreen
Allan Mitchell Allan Mitchell ... Professor
Prentis Hancock ... Army Major
Doyne Byrd Doyne Byrd ... Lt. Col. Tony Manning
Roger Nott Roger Nott ... Police Chief
Tim Swinton Tim Swinton ... Army Guard
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Mentally unstable Lieutenant-Colonel Peter Lawson escapes from an army psychiatric hospital. He is in possession of vital NATO secrets regarding the world's most toxic gas and it is vital he be located. Has he been abducted by Russian agents or is he merely on a deranged campaign of his own to restore 'Britishness' to his country? Bodie and Doyle are sent to find him - with explosive results. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Action | Comedy | Crime

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Release Date:

28 November 1982 (UK) See more »

Filming Locations:

Finchley, London, England, UK See more »

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The mortar Tug is firing when they attack the chemical establishment is effectively hand held so can't be aimed accurately. It's no wonder that Len is killed by one of the rounds. See more »

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[Lawson is having a drink with Tug and Len in the pub]
Lt. Col. Peter Lawson: Shall I show you what's wrong with this country?
[Lawson stands to attention and sings the first two verses of "God Save the Queen" very loudly; all the other pub customers give him puzzled looks]
Lt. Col. Peter Lawson: [shouts] There you are! You see what's wrong? They don't stand! It's their own National Anthem, and not one of them stood! What we're going to fight for is this country's soul.
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Lawson's Last Stand
28 May 2019 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

There is a scene in this episode where eccentric and unstable Lieutenant-Colonel Peter Lawson laments in a pub that no one stands to attention and sings the national anthem anymore.

Putting aside the notion that if anyone ever did do this. It would had been lovely if the people in the pub stood up one by one and sang the national anthem. Lawson would still be there.

Instead Lawson and his two cohorts plan to steal some toxic nerve gas and release it. He leads some daring raids and his demands include Radio 4 playing the national anthem on the hour, every hour forever.

John Hallam and Michael Angelis play Lawson's loyal sidekicks. It does involve Hallam firing rockets indiscriminately in one raid that could injure anyone, even his own men.

A rather bizarre and offbeat episode. This was still an era where some army head honcho still had dreams of being a mercenary that could overthrow a government in some third world country.

There is a daring scene where Bodie and Doyle try to take down Lawson.


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