Great episode this one. I'm watching a few episodes from series two at the moment and always enjoy this one. Great line from Vaughan at the start, "He's got about as much intelligence as a jar of worms". I think Ken Hutchinson played the character well and for some reason I always feel a bit Sad that he copped it at the end.
I think Peter Vaughan was superb as Kirby, a great actor.
I like the way Regan gets all the Villains in one place but I'm surprised that Kirby fell for it. He should have listened to Skef!
Some other familiar faces too from Get Carter, only fools and a couple of East Ender Characters too, Ali's Mrs from the Cafe looking very young. Just a few I recognise.
Wasn't Herbert Mew the Caretaker in Grange Hill ?
No, I'm wrong. It was Mr Garfield played by Graham Ashley. Close but no Cigar. It's been a while since I've seen any Grange Hill and Herbie reminded me of Him.
It seems I'm still confused, it was Eric Griffiths played by George A Cooper not Graham Ashley. He played another Caretaker.
I've been watching the odd re-run of Butterflies on Gold,it featured Michael Ripper on a regular basis as the chauffeur. I thought Michael Ripper played Herbie spot on in Stay Lucky, eh?The old time harmless villain who finds himself out of his depth with the modern younger villain. I especially love that bit where Regan says the line "....maybe these bullet holes have got something to do with it?".....and then he looks at him,and says "Ooooh,Herbie!".Jack knows the old tearaway is in trouble.Rippers' face says it all.Great stuff.
"I'm playing all the right notes.But not necessarily in the right order."
Post by Arthur Pringle on Nov 10, 2017 19:35:19 GMT
Here is Michael Ripper in an edition of Kilroy from some time in the late 80s/90s, he appears from about 1 minute in. The audio isn't strong so you'll need to turn the volume up or listen on headphones.
As Sweeney character names quite often refer to real people I googled 'Herbert Mew' & it turned up an article about mugshots taken in the 1920s by a Scotland Yard copper called Herbert Mew. Not suggesting that Ripper's character was named after him but thought it was quite interesting-
Post by Lord Emsworth on Jan 20, 2020 19:43:24 GMT
A decent episode. Just watched it for the 3rd or 4th time.
The plot is a little implausible however the cast are great.
Interesting to see Ken Algar trying to tempt Jack away from the squad. It was never going to happen though was it?
The best line is Jack suggesting to Herbie that the radio might not be working because of the bullet holes. Although Haskins asking Jack and George, right at the end, if they'd get the same level of satisfaction from guarding a rich woman's diamonds as taking down Kirby, to which they both nod that they would, is a funny moment too.
Interesting to see Haskins brandishing a gun too - this is the moment he really starts to emerge as a character in his own right now, and not just a stuffed shirt as worried about his career as catching villains.