Surrounded by new 1950s East End high-rise flats, a London detective thinks back to how different things were in the late 1930s. Then it was an area of overcrowded tenements teeming with ... See full summary »
David Preston, a bank official goes missing for twenty-four hours and has no memory of the lost time, but when he learns that the steward of his local club has implicated him in a robbery, ... See full summary »
This movie is based on a true story as written in A.P. Scotland's autobiography "The London Cage". The plot has greatly exaggerated the actual events of A.P. Scotland's experiences, including the addition of a fictional love interest.
Like the other reviews, I agree that Spearhead was an excellent drama. I had patchy memories of it, at least the first series, since I had not seen it since broadcast and I was 11/12 years old. Thanks to a certain video posting site, I'm going through series 1.
What strikes you is a realism and for something that must have had a degree of Ministry Of Defence cooperation, the often uncompromising subjects. (The vehicles, the kit, some of the facilities possibly too, the way the actors are totally convincing as soldiers, none of the equipment would be 'surplus'. Those Humber 'Pig' armoured vehicles were so vital in Northern Ireland the Army were getting them out of store, buying back from private collectors and even rescuing from scrapyards in the early/mid 70's).
The N.I. set episodes build up tension very well, no mass shoot 'em up here, more often just waiting for something bad to happen.
I also agree that Soldier Soldier was a mere soap compared to Spearhead, I soon gave up on it.
The mid/late 70's had some of the best of British drama, Spearhead included.
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