First be aware this is vintage footage and image improved to the capability of TV footage from decades ago, but not perfect. Accepting that; read on and find a thriller of a series. Expect "OUT" to look like late 1970's era because it was made then. Not intended to be a retro era entertainment, it now becomes so with set and costume perfection. Shot in 1978, it shows typical bell bottom trousers and more. Fun visually for the nostalgia fans.
The story is not a fun travelogue romp through the streets of south London. Life shown is on the nasty side of the law making it hard to find a character very likable. It's hard to empathize with people out to rob, injure, and kill. They all seem to live by the code of violence. An intense psychological thriller as well as a mystery from the underworld. Some B/W footage is used during flashbacks. Some short bits of nudity appear. You'll also find some compelling hours to view while getting to the fast-paced volatile finale.
Frank Ross (Tom Bell- Prime Suspect: The Complete Collection ) is released after 8 years having spent them all contemplating who set him up, along with his "firm" of bank robbing pals, Billy, Ralph, Vic, & Bernie. He vows to get to the culprit if it is the last thing he does, and it may just be that. Frank's acquaintances are not spiffy `gentlemen' but street wise and crime controlling thugs. There are many side plots, like an insane wife, a troubled son, a friend in debt, and secrets that could cost lives.
CAST: notables are DI Bryce (Norman Rodway- Bretts: The Complete Collection) again wanting to put Ross inside; Anne (Lynn Farleigh- Wish Me Luck: Series One) a lover since Frank's wife is institutionalized; & McGrath (Brian Cox- Braveheart & Troy) a man ruling over much of the city crime.
SUBTITLES for all 6 50 minute episodes. A continuing story, one to the next.
1 IT MUST BE THE SUIT- commentary available; Frank Ross is released from prison but freedom's celebration is less than perfect. Old rivals and lovers surface as Ross begins his search for the grass that sent him to jail. And he's still playing tough if necessary.
2 NOT JUST PENNIES- A bad reunion with wife Eve who makes her own form of escape. The cops are pushing to catch Ross at anything illegal. Gambling should count.
3 MAYBE HE'LL BRING BACK A GEISHA- Ross visits the hideout of his former gang member & faces issues with his son.
4 A LITTLE HEART TO HEART WITH MISS BANGOR- Crime boss orders men after Ross who has his own disturbing encounters with a call girl and Eve. Dirty secrets are an issue.
5 THE MOMENT HE OPENED HIS ENVELOPE- The heat following Ross intensifies even as he wants to reconcile some family ties. He also gets nearer to the truth about his past arrest for the bank attempt. The conclusion to Ross's revenge becomes explosive.
6 I WOULDN'T TAKE YOUR HAND IF I WAS DROWNING- commentary available; Cops (called filth on the street) move in on Ross as he moves in on his grass. Secrets are discovered and violence reigns. In the end, which side of law-lawlessness will win?
Not pleasant touristy London DVD, but compelling cop & criminal corruption. It is a part of decades of crime writing from Trevor Preston (Callan, The Sweeney, Ruth Randell Mysteries), quite interesting since he began with "The Lion, The Witch, & The Wardrobe."