Watched T2 Trainspotting the other night. Unlike the 1994 original, James Cosmo had a smaller and briefer part but the 'Davey' tones were still there. Top actor and as they said in the TV Guide, he would have commanded his own series. A rival for the future Taggart perhaps?
Post by Kenny Dalglish 1979 on Jul 3, 2019 21:40:02 GMT
I watched that with my mum back in 1986 and then a few years later, we spotted Christopher Ellison in adverts for The Bill, thinking he was playing another bad guy. In fact when he appeared as Burnside in the earlier episodes, he was alleged to be corrupt according to Bob Cryer but it was later revealed that that was part of his cover so that he can put the finger on the cops who were genuinely bent.
Remember seeing Cosmo as a Glaswegian plain clothes detective in a 1981 episode of Strangers called A Dear Green Place in which Bulman & Willis had to escort a female assassin. This featured a spectacular car crash and Saeed Jaffrey as a very nasty villain. Seeing that he played a kingpin in Gangsters, he would have suited The Sweeney really well. One episode Golden Fleece featured Madhav Sharma.
Cosmo did a fine job as ex-Organization terrorist Glover in Professionals episode Runner but his English accent wasn't very good.
Post by D.C. Burtonshaw on Jul 4, 2019 20:02:47 GMT
Also remember Running Scared, very deep drama for a kids programme, didn't really watch for the whiney teenage girl characters, quite like following the gangster and stolen cars/protection racket angle though. (Not to be confused with 2 other American productions called Running Scared, one made in 1986 as well and the other in 2006).
Also in it from The Sweeney was Tony Caunter as a car dealer and the main schoolgirl characters uncle and Maureen Sweeney as the girls mum. Seemed a bit harrowing when Ellison's heavies came and trashed the main characters families house as a warning but I was still pleased when the villains got caught!
Post by Kenny Dalglish 1979 on Jul 7, 2019 20:26:12 GMT
I remember that house trashing scene. As a 7 year old, I found it scary and unsettling. Thought it was a bit like something out of EastEnders where members of The Firm would lean on some of the residents for cash. They should release it on DVD.
Post by D.C. Burtonshaw on Jul 8, 2019 17:18:03 GMT
Mind you being a kids programme I don't remember their being a Sweeney style punch up with slamming blaggers into walls and sucker punching them in stomach etc, as that wouldn't have been appropriate!
I think Ellison tried to drive off dangerously in his Mercedes and the police cars just blocked his car in the street with him simply slamming his anchors and he came relatively quietly but for a short while was being smug thinking there was no evidence and wanting his brief - but he hadn't counted on something..........