Shoestring (1979–1980)
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Nine Tenths of the Law 

Mary Phillips asks for Eddie's help after her ex-husband Dennis snatches their little daughter June, a ward of court, with a view to taking her back to Australia with him. After hearing ... See full summary »

Director:

Marek Kanievska

Writers:

Peter Miller, Richard Harris (creator) | 1 more credit »

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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Trevor Eve ... Eddie Shoestring
Michael Medwin ... Don Satchley
Doran Godwin ... Erica Bayliss
Harry H. Corbett ... Tom
Liz Crowther Liz Crowther ... Sonia
Geraldine James ... Mary Philips
Nell Campbell ... Joanna Lomas
Karl Johnson ... Dennis Philips
Fiona Scott Fiona Scott ... June Philips
Robert Walker Robert Walker ... Alan Bridgeman
John Bardon ... Ralph
Paul Rattee Paul Rattee ... Mr. Halliday
Julian Littman Julian Littman ... Vincent Dinsdale
Peggy Sinclair Peggy Sinclair ... Landlady
Peter Dean Peter Dean ... Jack
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Storyline

Mary Phillips asks for Eddie's help after her ex-husband Dennis snatches their little daughter June, a ward of court, with a view to taking her back to Australia with him. After hearing Eddie's radio appeal Dennis and June go on the run. With the police disapproving of his involvement Eddie's work is not helped when Mary's ebullient father Tom insists on interfering in the case. Eddie also notes that Mary is a hard drinker and, given June's own choice to stay with her father, he wonders whether she might be better off with Dennis. Sometimes, however, what is right and what is the law do not coincide, as Eddie learns. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Release Date:

4 November 1979 (UK) See more »

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Trivia

Harry H. Corbett's character Tom has scars on his face. These were not make-up. At the time, Corbett was recovering from a serious car crash in which his face had been injured. See more »

Goofs

June and her father are shown running away from Bristol across the Clifton Suspension Bridge, but the shot shows them running from right to left, with the city centre in the background. They are therefore running from Leigh Woods towards Clifton and the centre of Bristol. See more »

Quotes

[Tom, the grandfather of the girl who has gone missing, and his friend Ralph threatened to beat up Eddie if he didn't reveal her whereabouts once he discovered it. Eddie is now showing Erica his sketches of them]
Erica Bayliss: D'you mean one of those two gorillas is actually the little girl's grandfather?
Eddie Shoestring: Yeah, that one. Said he was anxious to be of assistance. He even offered to break both my kneecaps just to show his enthusiasm.
Erica Bayliss: Hmmm. Very nice. What will they break if you actually find father and daughter?
Eddie Shoestring:
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