When this series was originally shown I was an avid fan. I watched Wet Job when it was first broadcast in 1981, and vaguely recall it being a satisfying finale to the series.
For those who fancy a spot of nostalgia it is still very viewable - I was pleased to get the opportunity of seeing it again, and enjoyed every minute. But I have to admit, it has not aged particularly well and is now noticeably dated. (Fair enough, it is 30 years old!).
The acting style of that period is very `stagey'. Presumably treading the boards is where many of the cast spent their time when not in front of cameras. But that flaw lies with the director. TV drama is now light years ahead in gritty realism.
Whilst the story line is fine, the substance,tension and pace falls short of its predecessor episodes.
The casting of the security section's `heavy' was laughably woeful, never for a moment living up to the supposedly `hard man' label, as he is described by the excellent Lonely,(Russell Hunter). Not a patch on Anthony Valentine's sneering and menacing Toby Meres.
Edward Woodward's middle aged Callan is great, utterly convincing. Press-ganged resentfully back into service, he is very much aware of being over the hill. Possibly his weariness seeps into the movie's ambience?
The background music is dreadful. I don't remember it being as bad as that, maybe it's a casualty of dated technique?
The section head, codenamed `Hunter', is as unpleasant, manipulative and devious as ever. Whilst the seedy headquarters set in the rear of a scrap metal frontage, now appears parochial and stone-age against today's complex electronic offices.
Callan was a series of its time. Overall, I'd recommend Wet Job for fans. The uninitiated would probably be left wondering what on earth we ever saw in the programme.