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on 26 June 2011
i had heard about this particular series some time ago and was glad to hear it had finally been issued on dvd.
it is a slightly different take on the subject of armed robbery and of criminals on the run: each episode is dedicated to one character who goes through the stages of being on the run, avoiding trouble at all costs and then finally having a chance to make good his escape or fail in the attempt. this is all well done and there is some brilliant writing and acting but the idea of having flashback scenes can become a bit confusing and also somewhat tiresome. however, this is still an enjoyable and gripping series, not to mention having a talented cast on hand with people like alun armstrong, bob hoskins, martin shaw, william marlowe, david dakar, paul eddington, timothy west included and other familiar faces.
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on 19 March 2013
I recently bought and watched this series and it was really good. We were eager to get onto the next episode each night.

David Daker features in a number of episodes and plays a good part. David along with William Marlowe play the main parts, and Marlowe is particularly good also.
Bob Hoskins is perhaps the best known actor but his is the weakest episode.
Alun Armstrong's episode is particularly good with lots of on-loacation footage on the motorway network, as is Jim Norton's episode where he finds himself in a tricky situation and you wonder how he's going to get out of it.

Gwyneth Powell who played Mrs McCluskey in Grange Hill has a part in one episode which is very enjoyable.

At the time of writing, the price of the series is a bit steep (£35), but if you can get it for under £20 go for it, you won't be disappointed. The ending in particular came as a shock - gripping stuff!
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on 3 June 2011
Nine robbers tunnel into a bank from a ladies lavatory and make off with loot - though not as much as they expected. The infamous "Bog Robbers" are subsequently caught, but on their way to Appeals Court a year later they stage an escape. Each episode follows the story of a different villain on the run.

I bought this series for "Sand Dancer" starring a very young Alun Armstrong (all that curly hair!) as the sweet-natured "villain" Tel Boldon. Tel's only goal upon release is to get home to South Shields to see his girl Rita before he's caught again. His journey north is beset by misadventures and narrow escapes, including a lift from an amorous window dresser, a stolen stolen car, and an arrest during a demonstration against blood sports. He finally makes it to Tyneside for a bittersweet reunion with Rita amid the ruins of Tynemouth Castle and Priory.

Overall this is an enjoyable series featuring a number of fine actors in early roles, offering different perspectives of the nine villains and others in their sphere. "Sand Dancer" stands out as an absolute gem.
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on 30 January 2014
If you liked things such as The Sweeney you will like this. It's typical of TV drama from the seventies.
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on 12 April 2016
Did not see this when it was out back in the day but it's full of all my old favourite actors and having watched the first three episodes it seems to be getting better and better. The last one, with a very youthful Martin Shaw as a flaky bank robber was brilliant. Money well spent and I know I will come back to it again and again. Great service and price from Amazon as always.
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on 25 May 2016
GOOD WATCH
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on 8 February 2014
It's worth buying this series, even though Martin Shaw is only in three episodes, just to see a young Mr Shaw in skimpy blue pants !
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on 30 December 2015
Dated
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on 17 July 2015
Good.
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on 14 January 2015
Back in time 1970's TV, featuring many old and new actors. Recommended for those who like old TV.
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