Last updated : 27th March 2013
|Episode Title||Look After Annie|
|Story Synopsis||An extreme left-wing preacher becomes a target. Cowley assigns Bodie and Doyle to protect her without realising who the would-be killer is.|
|UK Episode #||A12|
|UK Tx Date||17 March 1978|
|Production #||Block 1, Ep 10|
|Approx Filming Dates||25th October - 7th November 1977|
|Guest Stars||Keith Buckley, Nick Brimble, Derek Francis|
Quite a 'nasty' episode. Suffers in places from badly synchronised sound dubbing and the crowd scenes are too obviously taken from news footage (see BTW) – though this is excusable given the show's meagre budget at the time.
Although the story itself fails to fire the imagination, there are some terrific exchanges of dialogue here: Bodie's remark about Annie being "not bad for an old 'un!", for example and, of course, the hilarious "Cowley and a Woman" theory between the lads!
And it is one of the few episodes where we learn a little more about The Great Cow himself, though it all seems a tad too cliched and fairy-tale to me. An intriguing moment is when Cowley meets Stanley for the first time and is visibly shocked that Annie is involved with him: is this because he is black? To me there is a clear inference this is certainly one reason. If so, why should it be? In 'Klansmen' Cowley is quite clearly anti-racist. Whatever, great acting by Gordon there.
The rest of the story doesn't really work for me. However the final "battle" scenes with the gang of thugs are pretty good, if padded out a little.
At the end of the day CI5 wins.... but Cowley loses and, from that point, it works well.
"I was just thinking: Cowley and a woman!" / "Yeah - he'd kick the door down... throw her on the bed..." / "... and frisk her!!"
"Annie" is a showcase for Cowley: we see his past, emotions and weaknesses.
Other than that...
Well, okay. The episode has some fine Bodie-and-Doyle scenes that add little to the plot and a great deal to the developing relationship. Especially in the first third it's very important to watch their faces as one or the other talks or acts. By now they are really on the old telepathic wavelength. They are quite cute about it – e.g. the "testing Annie's security" scene. This episode contains the "car dialogue" in which Bodie does his marvelous campy "I hadn't noticed" line and Doyle enriches our lives with his dirty laugh. In addition the "tea scene" in which Charlie lets The Lads in on George's romantic past is a fine moment. A bit of slice-of-life for CI5-ers, sitting in the lounge, playing cards and gossiping, finding out details about the boss and looking very believable. Note that Doyle adds milk to Bodie's tea then Bodie sloshes in more, spilling some onto the floor. Well done – we could easily be spying on the real thing here.
Both men dress well and look good. Doyle is using his wonderful eyes to good effect now. The leather jackets make another, welcome appearance, and Bodie decks himself out in black for the final section. Yummie.
Worst part: the fake crowd scenes. Gag. Second worst part: Annie. (C'mon George! How about Elizabeth in 'Spy Probe'? Now there is a lady with character!)
Nice hurt-Ray-rescued-by Bodie moment. Always a crowd-pleaser.
I did wonder about the logic in using a black guy as the baddie, particularly since no one comments on it and 'Klansman' follows. Weird.
In the "Cowley and a woman" dialogue scene, the lads are driving the Capri. Suddenly the scene cuts to a long shot of a yellow Granada!?! Actually this is the shot originally seen in 'Close Quarters'.
Bodie's jacket changes between arresting Howard and showng him in to Cowley's office. (Thanks to the hundreds of people who spotted this!)
Stanley tells the gang to hide in the Dressing Room marked '3' but in subsequent shots they are seen in number 1. (Thanks to Wolfgang Ruffert)
Despite breaking his arm, Doyle uses it to punch one of the villains! (Thanks to Ros Heit).
We see Doyle passing out in the minibus, the camera cuts to Stanley's point-of-view where we agin see Doyle slump down. Arguably this might be more due to creative editing, however. (Thanks to Tom Moorcroft)
|BTW||Fan Will Turner kindly informs me that much of the riot footage is actually taken from the 1971 film "All Coppers Are..."|
Clifton Jones (Stanley) reappeared briefly as would-be assassination victim St Jacques in 'The Madness of Mickey Hamilton'. He had previously starred in the first season of Space:1999 as computer techie Kano.
Derek Francis (John Howard) returned to the show in 'No Stone'. He passed away in 1984.
Nick Brimble has carved out a good career since the 1970s, with appearances in The Sweeney, Danger UXB and Dempsey and Makepeace. He also played Little John in the excellent Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves and bodyguard to Ian Richardson's scheming Prime Minister in the excellent To Play the King and Final Cut miniseries. A role in Lewis Collins' Who Dares Wins appears to have been cut short for some reason as in the finished film he only appears for a few seconds. He also played a computer salesman who gets blown up in a Bergerac episode! For Professionals fans, also check out 'The Untouchables'.
Patricia Quinn (lsla) appeard in The Rocky Horror Picture Show, the BBC's Roman epic I, Claudius, a very, ahem, "revealing" role in Hammer House of Horror ep 'Witching Time' and then a handful of Doctor Who eps in the mid-1980s. Nothing so prominent since, though, as far as I can tell. Was married to actor Robert Stephens until his death in 2004. (Thanks to Dave Catrall).
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