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Crime writer, Crime Fighter, Lover
on 7 October 2000
Those unfamiliar with Peter Wyngarde may not be prepared for the sheer outrageousness of this classic series. Jason King author of the painstakingly researched Mark Caine novels minces around Europe getting embroiled in political machinations and international crime. His line in outrageous 3 piece suits, meticulously placed pocket hadkerchiefs, shirt cuffs and agonizingly tight leather trousers has to be seen to be believed. However the drama is played with such a high level of camp humour that one cannot help but grow to love this series. The two episodes on this tape are fine examples of the show which pretty much establishes it's own genre. In To Russia With... Panache. King is abducted and forced to work for the "Russian Police" wonderfully charicatured sterotypes abound even down to the icy Russian beauty who cannot resist Mr Kings not insignificant charms. In a Red Red Rose things get even more absurd as King is mistaken for a hired killer much confusion ensues conspiricy upon conspiricy is unmasked and Jasons trousers are quite frankly crippling to behold. If you're looking for an example of the ultimate 70s Playboy detective to brighten your life you could do a lot worse.