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Out

1 9 7 8 (UK)
6 x 60 minute episodes

On his release from prison, hard-man bank-robber Frank Ross obsessively and murderously searched for the informer who grassed him up in a thriller which eventually showed the villain was a policeman (The police were running their corruption-routing ‘Operation Countryman’ at the time).

Out’s powerful opening episodes revealed both a man obsessed with crime and a wife wrecked by her husband’s never-admitted involvement in it – with a startling searing performance by Pam Fairbrother as the mentally ill Evie.

While there was plenty of grievous bodily harm over the six weeks, writer Trevor Preston’s believable, miserable criminals (inside and outside the police force) put it way above the bash-and-grab level of most cops-and-robbers stories.

Wearing a deathly prison pallor and the same out-of-date suit throughout (his entire wardrobe for the series cost £70 from a secondhand clothes shop), Tom Bell – an actor who would probably look menacing doing Play School – was excellent in this superb revenge thriller, which took the viewer on a pacy – but morally uncomfortable – tour of a bleak London gangland where the cops and the robbers were just different sides of the same bent coin.

Frank Ross
Tom Bell
Rimmer
Robert Walker
Anne Ross
Lynne Farleigh
Cimmie
Katharine Schofield
Chris Cottle
Brian Croucher
Evie
Pam Fairbrother
DI Bryce
Norman Rodway