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A Villain's Tale 

While Lynn puts together a team for the proposed hold-up, DI Pyle blackmails others to ensure Lynn will be convicted of other unsolved robberies too.

Director:

Les Blair (as Leslie Blair)

Writer:

G.F. Newman
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Dean Peter Dean ... Jack Lynn
Derek Martin Derek Martin ... D.I. Fred Pyall
Deirdre Costello Deirdre Costello ... Cathy Lynn
Alan Ford ... Clifford Harding
Roy Sone Roy Sone ... Micky Fielder
Billy Cornelius Billy Cornelius ... D.S. Eric Lethridge
Steve Ismay Steve Ismay ... Bobby Shaw
Barry Summerford Barry Summerford ... John Tully
Alan Davidson Alan Davidson ... Benny Isaacs
Tony Barouch Tony Barouch ... Colin Coleman
Alf Coster Alf Coster ... Philip Hayes
John Bardon ... Del Rogers
Mike Cummings Mike Cummings ... Tommy Haines
Fred Haggerty Fred Haggerty ... D.C.I. Tony Simmons
Mike Horsburgh Mike Horsburgh ... D.I. Graham McHale
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While Lynn puts together a team for the proposed hold-up, DI Pyle blackmails others to ensure Lynn will be convicted of other unsolved robberies too.

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Crime | Drama

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13 April 1978 (UK) See more »

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A Villain's Tale
28 April 2018 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

I used to have this catchphrase some years ago: 'That's the worse bit of acting since Pete Beale.'

The actor Peter Dean would later find fame as the fruit & veg stallholder Pete Beale in Eastenders. Here in A Villain's Tale he plays the unlikely leader of a gang of rogues, Jack Lynn who is planning a hold up.

Lynn gets wind that there is a grass about and needs to postpone his plans but DI Pyall plans to fit him up even if it means getting hold of hair samples, pointing witnesses to the right direction and even getting them to sign a blank statement form that would be filled in later.

The episode cross-cuts with the events in the first episode. However Lynn comes across as a small time hood than some kind of Mr Big that he was built up to be in the first episode. He has a wife who wants him to go straight by becoming a cab driver. He hustles a bit at the snooker hall and even drops his kids at school.

Like all villains in the 1970s he drives a Jaguar. Did Lynn ever watch Regan and Carter in The Sweeney? He should had known a Jag stands no chance when the cops chase after you driving a Ford. Ironically when John Thaw played Inspector Morse in the 1980s, he drove a Jaguar chasing villains trying to get away in a Ford. Fashion, it can be so fickle!


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