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Public Eye - The Complete 1971 Series [DVD]
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All thirteen episodes from the 1971 series of the popular British detective drama. Alfred Burke plays low-rent private investigator Frank Marker, working the seedier side of the private detective business, helped out on occassion by his police contact, DI Percy Firbank (Ray Smith). Episodes are: 'A Mug Named Frank'; 'Well - There Was This Girl, You See...'; 'Slip Home in the Dark'; 'I Always Wanted a Swimming Pool'; 'The Beater and the Game'; 'Come Into the Garden, Rose'; 'And When You've Paid the Bill You're None The Wiser'; 'Who Wants to Be Told Bad News?'; 'The Man Who Didn't Eat Sweets'; 'Ward of Court'; 'Transatlantic Cousins'; 'Shades of White' and 'John VII, Verse 24'.
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This series begins where the last one ended, with Marker in Brighton, taking his first steps back into the enquiry agent field again, following his imprisonment for handling stolen goods at the end of series 3. Marker is finding the going tough, trying to start off again in the same town as his parole, so when he spots an opening in Windsor, he takes it, and moves to start up there, despite his landlady displaying a kind of affection for him, which some might interpret as turning his back on an impending cosy situation.
On the surface, it is not easy to see what Frank Marker get's out of life. Not for Frank the securuty of a partnership, or word processors, mobile phones, computers which might be utilised by modern day enquiry agents. For Frank it is the trademark raincoat, lurking in alleys, always running out of coffee whilst typing up reports on a battered typewriter, struggling to pay his phone bill. Then at the day's end it is off for a solitary pint, then back home to his small flat and megre dinner, usually eaten while reading up on some subject dealing with his current case.
Frank is a lone wolf who does not take to company easily...Read more ›
In style it's more similar to Series 6 (for those who've seen it) than Series 4. In both Series 5 and 6 Frank Marker (Alfred Burke) is working on his own in Windsor with occasional informal help from Percy Firbank. However, like the fine Series 4 which was released last year, there is still a lot of attention to Marker, with more focus on his prison background and uneasy relations with the law than in the later Series.
The relationship with Firbank is a real highlight, with Ray Smith in wonderful form. His contacts with Frank are sometimes fraught and nowhere is this best seen than in the highly impressive "John VII. Verse 24" where Firbank is suspected of corruption.
Almost every episode is great, personal favourites being "And When You've Paid the Bill, You're None the Wiser" and "Slip Home In the Dark". However many others are close behind. Five are in black and white but these are probably even a little better than the colour ones. "Who Wants To Be Told Bad News?" will certainly be thought-provoking. This is a rare focus on race for the programme and offers a complex, sensitive and skilfully-handled tale of an alleged Indian con-man.
There are only a few minor quibbles. One or two endings could be a little better. Only one episode fell slightly flat - "Transatlantic Cousins" - chiefly due to its cartoon-like Americans - but even that has good points.Read more ›
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Buy the whole works, a real classic and the early B+W are well restored.Published 4 months ago by Schoosh
Great to have the opportunity to see the brilliant Alfred Burke in the role of Frank Marker. Public Eye was, in my opinion, one of the best television series ever. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Gerard Harrison
Bought as a replacement for disks from the complete box set that were broken. Great series if you like your drama to be more gritty and realistic than much of the TV output then... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Steve Sinclair
As before, they are classic vintage. Others have said it all for me - I would watch it again and need to get one more set, then the series is complete. Read morePublished on 1 Sept. 2013 by Sue Weston
They done write 'em like this anymore. Superb writing, plot, acting and Alfred Burke is just magnificent in the role.Published on 5 Aug. 2013 by K. J. Corrigan