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|Episode 'You'll be Alright'|
|Story Synopsis||The leader of a criminal gang offers to surrender in exchange for protecting his family.||Writer||Gerry O'Hara|
|Guest Stars||Derek Francis, Derrick O'Connor, Malcolm Storry||Director||John Crome|
& Filming Dates
|Block 4, Episode 7
|Original UK Transmission||Season 5, Episode 3
21st November 1982
Oh dear, oh dear, oh dear. Hardly a case for CI5! Obviously running out of ideas again!
A very lame story indeed by Professionals standards – I'm amazed this was one of the stories to be novelised. About the only redeeming feature is seeing Bodie having a great time as the games teacher for the day!
Little humour and the action scenes are all pretty routine stuff. Murphy has little more than a cameo appearance. (Interestingly, though, we discover his ID is 6-2 – though I'm certain this is never used in any other episode and, in fact that "number" had been used for other agents in other episodes.) In his place as primary sidekick this week is agent Liz, nicely played by Hazel McBride.
Like one or two other stories, I wonder if this was never originally intended for the series. An exchange between Cowley and Doyle – "It's not really our bag." / "I know I should have involved the locals [the police] but.... well, they're nice kids." – seems to be a desperate attempt to "excuse" the story.
Doyle goes to visit some of Stone's ex-colleagues – all to no avail but it helps to make the ep last the regulation fifty minutes! <G>
One of the CI5 ops dozes off while he is supposed to be watching the house – I'm not surprised!
What else is bad? Oh, yeah – the Stone's hideous wallpaper!!! Difficult to believe we all had stuff like that all those years ago!
It isn't made clear in the script why Stone leaves the house on the night of the attempted killing. I assume the idea is, with CI5 covertly watching, to draw out the killer.
The story's "message", such as it is, seems to be that even armed criminals can have nice, ordinary families.
Prisoner Barney Moss: "You were in the regular force. Limehouse, wasn't it?"
Doyle: "Yeah, I did a bit down there."
Moss: "So now you're with the Derring-Do! Hope you're well-paid for it!"
Doyle: "It's a living.
Moss: "So is feeding pigs!"
Small-time villain: "Haven't seen you in a long time - copper aren't you?"
Villain: "What are you doing now?"
Doyle: "Making a living."Villain: "Haven't crossed sides, have you?!"
Doyle laughs: "Not exactly!
Doyle: "Rat poison? In a high-rise flat?!"
Bodie: "Maybe they use the lifts!"
Hatch, worried about reprisals on his family: "Listen, Cowley, this can't go on! I'm not staying cooped up like this while my lot's in danger!"
Cowley: "But you agreed to co-operate, Mr Hatch!"
Hatch: "You didn't give me much option! Where are they? I want to speak to my daughter."
Cowley: "I'm afraid that's out of the question..."
Hatch, interrupting: "No it is not out of the question! If you have them in safe custody there is no reason I can't talk to my girl - she's done nothing wrong!"
Cowley: "Their safety is a matter for the authorities. Your being 'cooped up' as you say is for their safety. I must insist that they remain incommunicado. You'll be kept informed, as I promised you - but for the moment I must ask that you keep to our arrangement."
Hatch, now furious: "By God, you'd better be right about this! If they come to any harm, you'll know what a bloody vendetta is!"
When Jack Stone telephones Doyle, the latter's wristwatch is clearly visible: the time jumps from 09:30 to 10:00 in a matter of seconds!
The white Mercedes used in an attempt to run down young Nick Stone wears two different number plates! Thanks to Robert Moubert's eagle eyes! The production documentation seems to indicate that the scene needed partially re-filming for some reason, with the second attempt being twelve days later. This would probably account for somebody forgetting to change the plates.
And another one: Bodie's Capri bears the licence plate of Cowley's Granada following the betting shop scene.
Gordon Jackson refers to imprisoned villain Barney Moss as "Barnet" - but this is due to a misprint in the script.
This episode was one of the first drama pieces for director John Crome, whose previous career had concentrated on commercials. He didn't find life easy on the set! Interviewed by author Bob Rocca, he claimed that series producer Ray Menmiur told him to "keep Martin and Lewis away from each other" as there was some sort of rift between them and "they were barely talking to each other". On a series that constantly struggled to keep production on schedule and needed flexibility from cast and crew, Crome's problems were exacerbated by the two stars' insistence that they remain on set for no longer than necessary. For reasons that aren't clear - possibly due to Crome's inexperience at the time - much of his work ended up being picked up by the 2nd Unit and/or re-shot by series editor John S Smith.
From fan Sophie Ross:
"The majority of this episode was filmed in my family house! Brook Avenue in Wembley. We moved in just after filming had been completed and number 1 task was to get rid of that wallpaper! The supposed attic was actually a huge shed in the rear garden (where there is also a brook you can see them running along), part of which still exists. "
Derrick O'Connor (Jack Stone) guested in cop and 'tec shows such as The Sweeney and Hazell. Played one of the leads in LWT's 1980 series about a villainous family feuding with each other, Fox. Starred as Bob Hoskins' plumbers mate in Brazil, Terry Gilliam's spoof of Orwell's 1984. Went to Hollywood in the 90s for small parts in Lethal Weapon 2, Deep Rising and End of Days.
Melissa Wilks (young Linda Stone) will always be remembered as Jackie Wright in mid-80s Grange Hill.
Malcolm Storry (prisoner Ned Turner) played an MI5 'spook' in the wonderful Beiderbecke Tapes and then went on to Customs & Excise drama The Knock.
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