I'm working my way from the start to finish of the Terry McCann years again and am intrigued by Terry's use of the phrase "you've been at the long firm again" in reference to the lock up full of what he thinks is hooky gear. This has bugged me for quite some time so please put me out of my misery, what is the connection between the two?
"Large V small T... stick it on the slate Dave..."
"I'm not asking you to go and shoot the geezer! All I want is a little friendly retribution!" A great line from Arthur when he and Terry are arguing in the lock up.
I just watched this for the second time this morning and enjoyed it just as much this time. It's one of my favorites. There are some things about this episode that give me the impression this was either made early in production or there was little rewriting of the script. To me it feels like a much earlier episode than it's broadcast place.
Dug the boxset out last night and ended up watching this in error, but still very enjoyable.
I still find it hard to believe that Arthur would splash out £120, on a dress on a lass he had known mere minutes, but I suppose watching 40 years after filming forms this impression as we know how Arthur turns out, whereas in 79 his character was very much in its infancy.
Hard to believe we are coming up to its 40th anniversary.
I still find it hard to believe that Arthur would splash out £120, on a dress on a lass he had known mere minutes
£120 was an awful lot for Arthur to part with. Was he after getting his wicked way or did he genuinely think he was making an investment in a 'singer' and would easily see his money back when she hit the bigtime?
Caught the end of this on ITV4 the other day and realised that it is one of the episodes I have never actually seen, which is a real joy in fact. Watched on the ITV Hub (I have not got round to watching my dvds for some reason, which would really make more sense) but I thought it was a fantastic episode. Really enjoyed it. More menace than usual, Arthur has a slightly different focus as is pointed out but a fine script and excellent performances all round. Excellent.
Another thought. I was sure that the person in the pub with Sharon when we first see her was Malcolm McFee of 'Please Sir!' fame and one very funny episode of 'The Sweeney'. But presumably he is the character named as Alan and played by Richard Hunter? I was certain it was Malcolm McFee. They look identical to me.
Finally, it is probably also worth noting that this episode sees the introduction of Terry's air hostess girl, Penny (Gennie Nevinson).
It's the first time we see Penny. Arthur talks to Terry as if he'd met her before but gets her hair colour wrong and so does Terry..
When Terry and Arthur are sitting in the Winchester prior to Sharons appearance at The Music Room, Arthur is trying to persuade Terry to come with him for support. Terry explains that he has a date for the evening and once Arthur realises it's Penny he says rather offishly,
"Oh not the little blonde job?", to which Terry replies "Yes."
Penny is obviously dark haired so presumably they both had a memory lapse.