Bodie and Murphy were quite the double act in this.
"What was I thinking of, hitting him? Nothing. No, I know. I hate him! I hate his guts, I hate everything he stands for with his PACE and his plus and his statements of purpose and his smiling at the punters and his have a nice day! I mean when was the last time he ever nicked anybody, eh? A real villain! When was the last time he ever put himself on the line?"
Absolute classic epidode. Perfect to launch the fifth series. Anyone who thinks Gordon Jackson was not convincing as Cowley should watch it. Great battle of wits between CI5 and Stanley Meadows. Great to see a good role for Murphy, though I don't think there were many more for him. As I posted earlier, it's not clear in the episode why Bodie shoots Karl Howman, but the novel says that he spots "hairy forearms" I loved the episode when I bought it on VHS in 1996, along with Operation Susie.
As I posted earlier, it's not clear in the episode why Bodie shoots Karl Howman, but the novel says that he spots "hairy forearms"
My guess is that Bodie assumes he's in on the plot once he sees him making for the helicopter with half the ransome money. If he were merely a hostage, surely Meadows would have left him on the rooftop.