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Charles Endell Esquire

1 9 7 9 – 1 9 8 0 (UK)
6 x 30 minute episodes

Iain Cuthbertson returned to the role of Charlie Endell, the Glaswegian gangster in London he had made famous in Budgie.

Out of jail after a seven-year sentence, Endell returns to his old haunts in Soho. Failing to impress the new breed of villain who has taken over his territory, he returns home to Glasgow, convinced that the city belongs to him. He’s in for a big surprise.

Charlie begins his search for the mysterious Archibald Telfer (Bernard Archard) – his former solicitor who owes him far more than he can repay and who has faked his own death for convenience.

Endell finds an ally in Major Forbes-Forbes (Bernard Gallagher) and an old enemy in underworld boss Kenny ‘King’ Croall (Bill Denniston).

Discovered by Endell running a rocky minicab firm with the pretentious name World-Wide Car Hire, Hamish MacIntyre Jr (Tony Osoba) – or ‘World-Wide’ as he becomes known – is adopted as a bodyguard-cum-chauffeur.

Endell needs him in his efforts to gain a piece of the action on Glasgow’s mean streets, where he tries his hand at everything from the home entertainment industry, art forgery, bootlegging whisky, music promotion, and massage parlours, to managing footballers and nobbling racehorses.


All the while he has to contend with a glamorous probation officer, Kate Moncrieff (Rohan McCullough), suffer the indignities of taking a room above a dance school run by an old former stripper friend, Dixie (Annie Ross), and deal with the local police in the form of Dixie’s suspicious brother, CID Detective Sergeant Dickson (Phil McCall).

Charles Endell
Iain Cuthbertson
Julie Ann Fullarton
Hamish MacIntyre Jr
Tony Osoba
Kate Moncrieff
Rohan McCullough
Annie Ross
DS Dickson
Phil McCall
Alastair Vint
Rikki Fulton
Kenny ‘King’ Croall 
Bill Denniston
Fiona Croall
Gillian Gillespie
Major Finbarr Forbes-Forbes
Bernard Gallagher
Boyd Nelson
Glenn Cunningham
Archibald Telfer
Bernard Archard


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