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Gideon's (lost his) way...!
on 14 February 2017
Gideon's (lost his) way...
This is not a DVD collection which I have purchased. However, I have been watching repeats of it on Australian TV.
The black and white scenes of a bygone era ~ the places/the vehicles/dress sense/ hairstyles/social life etc. ~ are quite interesting, even perhaps for a casual observer of the time period - 'the swinging sixties'!
Whilst there are a few good storylines (and appearances by some well known actors/actresses), generally speaking this police series displays signs of being lost in a time period now unfamiliar to a modern generation
(e.g. The era of the beatnik and mod/rocker rivalry etc.) This program is rather dated.
Further, in modern day terms this show contains elements of what I can only describe as embarrassing political/social incorrectness and shear incredulity.
For example: in one episode a policeman (a young Trevor Bannister), offers to take into his home a young woman for protection, who's life is being threatened by a gang of car thieves. Regardless of the fact that he (the copper) lives with his mother, such a situation would be completely out of the question today.
Again (SPOILER): at the end of an episode titled 'The Firebug', a slightly younger George Cole throws explosives into large disused buildings. Moments later, we see Gideon and his colleagues looking at completely ablaze (and even larger) buildings which are being put out by firemen. It appears that stock footage of the fire raging blitz was used to embellish the scene.
Also (SPOILER): In another episode, a man gets murdered for his money and his body is then hidden. The man's wife then gets kidnapped by the assailant. When Gideon finds her, he pulls off the gag from her mouth and she screams. To shut her up, Gideon gives her 'a good hard slap' across the face!
There are a couple of redeeming features. A very young and gorgeous Angela Douglas stars in at least two of the episodes ~ which itself is enough to please the eye (and trousers) of any sane man!
However, Angela Douglas or no Angela Douglas, For comparison, I'd much rather be a bit more updated and buy for example, the complete Frost collection starring (for me, in his finest role) another famous national treasure.....