Home Television Drama Raffles


1 9 7 7 (UK)
13 x 50 minute episodes

E. W. Hornung’s popular gentleman thief made his entrance in the 1899 novel Raffles, The Amateur Cracksman, progressing to the stage, Hollywood, and eventually – in the 1970s – to television.

Anthony Valentine starred as the romantic hero, with Christopher Strauli as his loyal chum (and ex-fag) Bunny – the only man in the world who knew of his old friend’s escapades.

A first-class cricketer, man-about-town and general good egg, Raffles had but one excitement in life: the buzz that came from pulling off risky thefts from his upper-class associates, often under the noses of the authorities.

Part of the pleasure came from seeing his police adversary, Inspector Mackenzie (Victor Carin), humiliated time and time again.

LJ Raffles
Anthony Valentine
Bunny Manders
Christopher Strauli
Inspector Mackenzie
Victor Carin