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.