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Law and Order (Les Blair, 1978)
« on: 04 Jan 2011 - 18:45 »

Fantastic hard hitting crime drama, each of the four episodes looks at the going's on from different perspectives, the Detective, The Solicitor, The Criminal and the Prisoner.

For those that haven't seen it and enjoyed such 70's stuff as The Sweeney, Gangsters, The Hanged Man and Out couldn't do wrong seeking it out.

I lent my one to Stephen and he thoroughly enjoyed it also.



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Hugely controversial "factional drama" originally shown in 1978, in four parts; each from a different point of view - the Metropolitan Police, the criminal, the solicitor and the prison system.

Unseen on TV since its original transmission, this cult drama has now been beautifully restored and is available to buy on DVD for the first time in 30 years. A vivid portrayal of a murky 1970s world of bent coppers, crooked lawyers, grasses and career criminals.

The series was groundbreaking in both its style and its damning portrayal of corruption in the British legal system. The British Police had never been portrayed like this before on TV. The central premise of the drama claimed that the police and the criminals portrayed were not actually that different in terms of the way they operated.

The series caused a massive storm when broadcast on the BBC; the switchboards were jammed for hours with irate callers. Questions were asked in the House of Parliament concerning the issues raised by the programme.

Trivial fact: The cockney criminal slang in this Law and Order was so authentic that the Radio Times Magazine had to provide a glossary
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Re: Law and Order (Les Blair, 1978)
« Reply #1 on: 04 Jan 2011 - 20:31 »

I lent my one to Stephen and he thoroughly enjoyed it also.
So good i watched 3 times.A cracking little cockney crime drama,very gritty and most importantly for me very believable.
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« Reply #2 on: 06 Jan 2011 - 18:44 »

Wow! Didn't know it was out on dvd. I'll be ordering this pronto  :-X
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« Reply #3 on: 06 Jan 2011 - 19:18 »

Peter Dean really is great as the villain Jack Lynn.A bit of a shame that he'll probably always be remembered for being Ian Beale's dad in Eastenders instead of his part in this classic.
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« Reply #4 on: 21 Jan 2011 - 17:49 »

Been watching this over the last couple of nights and thought it was excellent. Totally absorbing and with terrific performances all round.

The 70s really were a golden age for tv cop shows.
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« Reply #5 on: 22 Jan 2011 - 21:39 »

Been watching this over the last couple of nights and thought it was excellent. Totally absorbing and with terrific performances all round.

The 70s really were a golden age for tv cop shows.
Glad you enjoyed it. This show definately deserves more recognition.
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« Reply #6 on: 01 Dec 2011 - 20:01 »

Any one else seen this?

If you haven't you're missing out on a cracker  :D
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« Reply #7 on: 23 Sep 2013 - 10:53 »

Superb BBC "factional drama" from the late 1970s consisting of four interleaving episodes each covering a different point of view (the Metropolitan Police, the criminal, the solicitor and the prison system).  Dirty, drab looking London of the 70s, plenty of brown coloured motors, brown clothing, large-patterned brown wallpaper, plenty of familiar faces, and much classic cockney rhyming slang dialogue.  More talky and less action based than 'The Sweeney', 'Fox', and 'Out' but this doesn't detract from an exceedingly well made drama series.  Doesn't pull any punches and caused a massive storm within the political establishment at the time of its broadcast by the BBC.  At the time, Radio Times produced a glossary of rhyming slang (this is contained as an extra on the DVD) to help viewers and the uninitiated cope with the dailogue.  One to watch with the subtitles on.  You can pick this up from Amazon for under a fiver.  Highly recommended.
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« Reply #8 on: 23 Sep 2013 - 12:04 »

Superb BBC "factional drama" from the late 1970s consisting of four interleaving episodes each covering a different point of view (the Metropolitan Police, the criminal, the solicitor and the prison system).  Dirty, drab looking London of the 70s, plenty of brown coloured motors, brown clothing, large-patterned brown wallpaper, plenty of familiar faces, and much classic cockney rhyming slang dialogue.  More talky and less action based than 'The Sweeney', 'Fox', and 'Out' but this doesn't detract from an exceedingly well made drama series.  Doesn't pull any punches and caused a massive storm within the political establishment at the time of its broadcast by the BBC.  At the time, Radio Times produced a glossary of rhyming slang (this is contained as an extra on the DVD) to help viewers and the uninitiated cope with the dailogue.  One to watch with the subtitles on.  You can pick this up from Amazon for under a fiver.  Highly recommended.
Fantastic viewing. There's already a thread here, mate. :D 

Have you seen The Nations Health, Mark? That's pretty good as well. Where abouts are you? Just wondering as you mentioned watching it with subs.
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« Reply #9 on: 23 Sep 2013 - 13:09 »

Fantastic viewing. There's already a thread here, mate. :D 

Have you seen The Nations Health, Mark? That's pretty good as well. Where abouts are you? Just wondering as you mentioned watching it with subs.


Arse :D.  Is there any way for this to be merged with the older thread?

No, I haven't seen The Nation's Health, but I'll check it out particularly as it's Euston films, the mark of 70s/80s quality.  Thanks for the recommendation.

I'm in Cambridge in the UK.  :D Regarding the subs, I was alluding more to the fact that you may need to watch it with the subs on if you aren't used to the dialogue.  Mind you my hearing isn't what it used to be.

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« Reply #10 on: 23 Sep 2013 - 13:15 »


Arse :D .  Is there any way for this to be merged with the older thread?

Yeah, when Jonny or Paul see it they will no doubt merge them  :D


I think too many people have turned their nose up at this, they sure are missing out on a cracker.
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« Reply #11 on: 23 Sep 2013 - 13:16 »

I've noticed that G F Newman also wrote the Screen One drama '1996' about a senior policeman investigating a shoot to kill allegation during some future civil strife.  Seem to remember it being pretty good but I don't think it has been released on DVD.  Think I may have it on tape somewhere.  Might be one to transfer over to DVD.
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