Watched this episode last night-I'm having a bit of a series 4 fest,to be honest.I've never really been into 'Trust Red' before but I got into this last night and really enjoyed it,although it's another downbeat episode-is that the theme with all series 4 episodes? Redgrave is played very well,as I say on past viewings I haven't appreciated this episode but I kind of get it a little more after another watch.I think his soon-to-be ex wife plays a good part too,it's obvious that Red regrets losing her.An episode where both the villain and the copper are feeling their age (although the bit where Jack says to George that he's overweight....John Thaw wasn't overweight),it's a clever episode that requires a little more concentration when watching,I suppose.As Regan says to George,Red more or less gives himself 'on a plate',and I think this is plainly down to Redgrave truly having had enough of the blagging game and it's the only way he can see of getting out;he tells his partner that the final blag should be held back a few weeks,but he's dragged back into pulling it off,against his wishes.Almost like an ageing boxer,getting pulled back for one more fight.Towards the end of the episode where the squad are parked up waiting to pull the gang,Regan seems almost tired of nicking villains in his manner,where George says "time enough eh,Guv?"and Jack just casually looks at his watch and replies "yeah...".Anybody else get the feeling Jack had had enough?
A thoroughly decent Sweeney episode,I personally like series 4.
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I watched this one last night, and I didn't actually remember seeing it before, but I must have done as I watched all of the four series when they were originally on, maybe it just didn't make much of an impression on me.
I thought it was a very average episode, generally, I do concur with most Sweeney fans that Series 4 is the weakest, bar a couple of good episodes. Generally I feel that the pace and energy of Series 1-3 is lacking. Not as much location filming as usual. The next one lined up is Money, Money, Money, which is probably my favourite episode from Series 4.
Another issue with Series 4, to me, is that Haskins was missing for quite a few of the episodes and one of the replacements was a character called Braithwaite, who I thought was rather flat and a bit stereotypical. I thought Garfield Morgan did a great job in what could have been a thankless role and made Haskins a rounded and interesting character in his own right.
Series 4 was filmed in late 1977 and the first few months of 1978 and the car in the 1977 episodes was another Mark 1 Granada, RHJ 997R, later being replaced with a Mark 2 version, which had been launched in October 77.
Series 4 was filmed in late 1977 and the first few months of 1978.
According to TV historian Andrew Pixley, the filming of Series 4 started on Monday 18th July 1977, with seven episodes in production until late October. The second batch of episodes then starting in early 1978 through to May.
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I quite like Trust Red too. Whether it's both the world weariness of Red and Regan or the realisation for Red that one last job is a job too far it was certainly an interesting departure from the usual cops v robbers storyline. Yes Series 4 is a lot more downbeat than the others but some gem episodes came out as a consequence of this.
Post by Arthur Pringle on May 17, 2017 20:03:50 GMT
Not everyone's cup of cocoa but I like Trust Red a lot with its downbeat feel & slow pace, a character study with Regan & his crim counterpart feeling their age, although they're only in their forties. Regan at his bitter best- 'George, they were scrubbers, slags', he's not happy at all in this episode. Great bit of acting by Dennis Waterman when he's dozing off drunk & Regan takes the mug out of his hand.
The theme of this story was very obviously copied for the Professionals episode 'Mixed Doubles' in which Bodie & Doyle's fortunes are contrasted with their 'opposite numbers', two hit men hired to kill them.
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