mockturtle (hellblazer06) wrote,
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70s coppers

I forgot to tell you about Special Branch. Desperate for 70s cops as I am, I pulled it down off my 70s cops shelf (yes, I have a shelf, and I'm not sure I'm ashamed of that, either), but instead of watching the '73 episodes, I ended up watching the '69 pilot. It was very amusing in a laugh at them not with them kind of way, because, well, it was 1969, afterall. The best fun came when they discovered a lipstick in the Russian spy's bathroom, then stockings under the bed. The junior officers were then told to find more women's clothing in the flat, and turned up a pair of women's shoes in the wardrobe, whereupon the squad all exchanged knowing looks. Hee! I want a tranvestite KGB Colonel in Life on Mars, and I want it now.

I shall work my way through the rest of Special Branch, as it's been years since I've watched it. Mind you, a quick run down of the back cover lists all the cop show standards: having to guard a brattish Hollywood actress from a stalker (saw that last week on by the Numb3rs), a terrorist attack in central London (de ja news), the boss being done for corruption, a body washing up that looks like a common or garden variety homicide but is anything but, etc, etc. If there are only a dozen cop show plots, then Special Branch has all of them (and what will LoM do after episode #12? Go the KGB tranny, I say).

Okay, so you had to be there, but it was such a LoM moment. Methinks TPTB have this boxset on their bookshelves, too.

http://www.screenonline.org.uk/tv/id/1083270/index.html
Special Branch

http://www.tv.com/special-branch/show/3044/summary.html&full_summary=1
http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/B000163WGM/202-2231077-6148634
http://www.networkdvd.co.uk/product.php?GROUP_ID=28&PROD_ID=191
Special Branch

http://www.screenonline.org.uk/tv/id/473709/index.html
Sweeney, The (1975-78)

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