Last updated : 9th November 2014
|Episode 'Where the Jungle Ends'|
|Story Synopsis||Old comrades of Bodie's turn up in England and perform a violent bank raid to impress a top London gangster.||Writer||Brian Clemens|
|Guest Stars||David Suchet, Geoffrey Palmer||Director||Ray Menmuir|
& Filming Dates
|Block 1, Ep 3
|Original UK Transmission||Season 1, Ep 6
3rd February 1978
I think this episode starts quite well but, halfway through and particularly towards the end, it declines into a rather "comic-book" style. The scrap between Bodie and Krivas is puerile and undoubtedly fuelled critics' complaints that the series was frequently moronic.
Another problem for the story is that there aren't really any likeable support characters and there is a noticeable lack of humour, too – except for the highly amusing scene involving the lads "kidnapping" Sinclair's daughter. Martin's underplaying works extremely well ("Oh yes, you're certainly pretty.... it's just that I haven't being feeling very well lately!") but Lew arguably spoils it by slight overacting.
The scene where Bodie tells about the girl he lost to Krivas was hammed up, too.
That said, the late Robert James plays a lovely brief role as nervy arms dealer Cusak. (The actor would return in the second season's 'The Rack').
There is some interesting social comment: the state of the high-rise block and attitudes towards the police. As with many similar scenes in other episodes, still relevant to today's problems. Brian Clemens was right: the stories are still fresh today.
Benny's interrogation scene comes alight once Cowley threatens to deport him back to Angola. Benny pleads with Bodie and Lew's expression is perfect – obviously sympathising with him yet fully supporting his chief's actions.
Despite an early sighting of Cowley "out in the field" the episode does not contain enough high-points to recommend it.
This one's a showcase for Bodie. The opening scene has him showing his matter-of-fact tough and nasty character, then turning to Doyle and engaging in some matey patter.
We learn more about Bodie's pre-army mercenary past. More about his loves and losses. The three main actors work quite well together throughout. Bodie is driving now with Doyle as passenger. There's good character development during the "chat on the stairs" and kudos to the writers for that scene! Note that when Cowley chews out Bodie, Bodie takes it like a soldier rather than fighting back verbally as Doyle always does. Bodie obeys; Doyle questions.
Doyle again demonstrates his hot temper. Bodie restrains him. Watch Bodie's face when he finds the door to the armorer's place open. This is an expression he uses a lot when he finds doors unlocked or open – it's in 'Heroes', too, when they enter the warehouse only to find it empty.
Here we see the "sneaky" Cowley for the first time – the man who's quite willing to put his boys on the line in order to advance the case. The "kidnap" scene is both funny and awkward – MS plays it well but LC seems to be straining at the dialogue. Possibly this is one of the infamous "dubbed" scenes.
The two leads are starting to work with "the looks" rather than talking about what they will do. The audience has now come to accept their ability to read one another's minds, I believe.
The plot - well, uh. I cannot imagine a leader as volatile as Krivas actually keeping a band together. He's mad as a hatter and untrustworthy. Doesn't work for me.
The best part of the entire episode is the destruction of that awful suit and red shirt Bodie sports. Who is in charge of wardrobe in this one? MS seems rather embarrassed at the finale. I do not blame him.
Not my favorite ep, but Bodie does look good!
Bodie on extraditing prisoner Keller: "There's a funny notion that we English are all fair play and scruples. Forget it. If I ever see your face again, I'm gonna blow it off its shoulders, OK?"
Cowley, shocked as he listens in on live police commentary of the bank raid: "It's war - it's bloody war!"
Police driver over the radio: "The aircraft is lining up to take off."
Cowley, listening in: "Well it's obvious! Get off your great, fat..."
Air traffic controller cuts in: "Contacting RAF strike force at Binfield."
Cowley, checking himself: "Well done!"
The lads exchange smirks.
Bodie: "Krivas killed her. 44 Magnum at close range. She was beautiful."
Doyle: "Personal involvement: might spoil your aim."
Bodie: "It also gives you an edge - a cutting edge!"
Doyle reading graffiti: " 'All fuzz are pigs'."
Bodie: "Touch your sensitive soul?"
Doyle: "If they find a corpse floating down the river or a mad axeman in the back garden, who do they yell for?!"
Bodie: "Yeah, like the army. 'Fascist authority', 'scum'... until they want someone to go out and get killed for them."
Cowley, furious: "You held out on me, Bodie!"
Bodie: "Well I thought that..."
Cowley, interrupting: "I am still speaking, Bodie!"
Bodie, standing to attention as if being court-martialled: "Sir!"
Cowley: "One more word and you're out of this organisation - do you understand? OUT! Do you understand?"
Bodie, obeying the last instruction, makes no response!
Cowley, realising: "Well nod if you do!"
Bodie, terrified, nods vigorously!
Cowley: "Enthusiasm lead you astray?"
Cowley: "I don't deny there's a place for enthusiasm here... but tempered with intelligence. Didn't it occur to you that if you had let Benny in and then followed him, we could have rounded up the whole gang! You may speak."
Bodie, acknowledging his mistake: "Damn.... sir."
Cowley: "Nothing but blasphemy?"
Benny, unco-operative: "All that crap about holding me incommunicado forever - even your mob can't do that. You're going to have to let me off the hook sooner or later."
Cowley, entering the interrogation room: "You're off the hook, Marsh. Insufficient evidence. We're releasing you. We're repatriating you, of course, back to your last known address. Doyle and Bodie will see you aboard - the plane leaves for Angola."
Benny, well aware that his recent mercenary activities don't endear him to African regimes: "Angola?!"
Cowley: "Last known address! Don't worry, the Government is paying the fare."
Benny: "Listen, I'm British!"
Cowley, feigning confusion: "Not according to our information. You took out Angolan citizenship."
Benny: "Just papers of convenience! Bodie, you know the score: you send me back to Angola and they'll eat me alive!"
Cowley, mock sympathy: "Oh, that is a problem... but not our problem. Have a nice trip!"
Bodie, busting into Sinclair's house: "Your daughter's outside, safe at the moment... but this had better be quick because the guy with her is a psychopath!"
Sinclair, misunderstanding: "How much?"
Bodie: "I don't want money, I want Krivas."
Sinclair, bluffing: "I don't know what you're talking about."
Bodie: "Look, this is an instant snatch, no dangling you on a string. Now your daughter's out there and unless you give me what I want now - right now! - I'm going to bring her into this house a piece at a time!!"
Schoolgirl Cynthia, sitting in the car with Doyle, raises her hemline a couple of inches: "Well, aren't you going to ravish me?"
Doyle, taken aback, speechless.
Cynthia: "What's wrong? Aren't I pretty enough?"
Doyle: "Oh, er, yes, you're definitely pretty..."
Cynthia: "Well then?"
Doyle: "... It's just that I, er, haven't been feeling very well lately!"
Inside the house, Bodie: "I hold up one finger and that's what you get: one finger!"
Sinclair: "No, wait, I, er..."
Bodie, feigning impatience: "Do you know what kind of a man is out there with your daughter?! He's a nut! God knows what he's doing to her right now!!"
Doyle offers Cynthia a Fruit Pastille.
Doyle, desperately trying to find his boss: "Cowley?!"
Cowley, emerging from the undergrowth: "Eh?!"
Doyle: "Cowley, are you OK?"
Cowley: "Yes, I'm OK... and it's MISTER Cowley!"
Doyle, relieved and laughing that the old man has lost none of his ferocity: "You are OK, aren't you?!"
Cowley: "Where's Bodie?"
Doyle: "Reliving old times, sir."
Cowley, getting the meaning: "With Krivas? Oh, that should be alright, then - Bodie can look after himself... if he abides by my teaching..."
Bodie staggers out, battered, bruised, bloodied and clothes in tatters: "You should see the other fella!"
There are five members in Krivas gang. During the bank raid, four of them are sat in the back of the lorry while The Pole is at the airfield... so who is driving the lorry??!! (Well spotted, Tomas Jakl!)
In the opening scene at the airport, a wall calendar reveals it is 27th July 1977 (which was the actual date the scene was shot), yet after the bank robbery the following day, the newspaper headline claims it is 23rd November! (Well spotted, Petri Kaasalainen!)
When the planes are scrambled to intercept Krivas' plane, they keep swapping between Harriers and Jaguars! Also the landscape keeps switching between lowlands and mountainous regions. (Thanks to Mike Pounder and Ted Taylor)
Krivas is only ever known to Sinclair as "Mr Smith", yet when Bodie tackles Sinclair, the latter recognises Bodie's reference to "Krivas".
When Krivas threatens to shoot Benny, the pistol's slide is locked in the open position, which indicates that the pistol is either out of cartridges, or a cartridge (or catridge case) has jammed within the pistol and so cannot be fired. (Thanks to Peter Bahniuk and Martin Edge).
In the scene where the trio are chasing Krivas' lorry, you'll see that the seat headrests in the Rover keep disappearing and reappearing!
Also, in the scene where Cowley is trapped by the motorbikes: keep an eye on his handkerchief!
Another episode which was found to be under-running when originally edited together, hence the later additions of the scenes noted in the Production Dates section above.
Luke Hanson (Keller) was originally known as Hans de Vries and appeared in small roles in a number of 1960s ITC series such as The Saint and Randall and Hopkirk. In 1969 he auditioned to replace Sean Connery as James Bond. He would later return to The Professionals in 'Backtrack'. Continued a career of minor film and television roles and appeared to leave the business in the late 1990s.
David Suchet (Krivas) of course went on to play Belgian detective Poirot in the long-running 1990s ITV series. Recently seen alongside Keith Barron in the BBC's National Crime Squad: Manhunt mini-series.
Geoffrey Palmer has had a busy career since the 1960s, carving out an unlikely niche in British sitcom (Butterflies, The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin, Fairly Secret Army, As Time Goes By). Also had a hilarious cameo as Field Marshal Haig in Blackadder Goes Forth. More recently he appeared as General Roebuck in the Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies.
Del Henney (Benny) reappeared in 'A Man Called Quinn'. Film appearances include the controversial (indeed banned in the UK) Straw Dogs. Other credits include guest shots in shows such as The Sweeney, Rumpole of the Bailey and the popular Jonathan Creek.
Robert James (Cusak) reappeared in 'The Rack' as the Coogans' lawyer. A massive catalogue of television appearances, including the very first (now lost, sadly) Avengers episode and a number of other stories from that show. He also appeared in Brian Clemens' cult fantasy Captain Kronos - Vampire Hunter (1972). Passed away in 2004.
|Technical Notes||Contender's DVD re-release from 2005 includes (extremely funky!) incidental music during the bank raid that had been missing on previous releases, suggesting there had been audio damage on earlier prints which had simply been snipped out. The music is also present on Network's 2014 DVD and BluRay releases.|
Note: despite most of the bank raid action being shot in Slough and Eton, some further, brief shots were taken several weeks after principal shooting, this time using Harefield in order to boost the action further.
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