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Emerging from the Play for Today anthology series in 1975, Philip Martin's near two-hour-length play Gangsters proved so popular that a series was commissioned and followed eighteen months later. Following the lead of such gritty cop dramas as The Sweeney, Gangsters revealed a world of racial segregation and ghettos in the style of American television; and it didn't hold back on the violence or bad language either.
Former SAS officer John Kline (Maurice Colbourne) emerges from prison to find himself employed by DI6 (a highly specialised branch of the CID) as an undercover agent to monitor and report on and intercede, where required, in the events of the Birmingham underworld. However, he soon develops some particularly unpleasant enemies, more often than not, finding himself caught between the two opposing forces.
Featuring all the episodes ever made, it's time to get (re)acquainted with John Kline in this truly groundbreaking television show.
Commentary from writer Philip Martin and director Phillip Saville
The original Play For Today
Actors Maurice Colbourne, Ahmed Khalil, Elizabeth Cassidy, Saeed Jaffrey, Paul Satvendar, Alibe Parsons, Paul Antrim, Paul Barber, Terry Downes, Chua Kahjoo, Oscar James, Ralph Lawton, Chai Lee, Robert Stephens, Philip Martin & Zia Mohyeddin
Director Kenneth Ives, Alastair Reid, Viktors Ritelis, Roger Tucker & Phillip Saville
Certificate 15 years and over
Year 1976 - 1978
Screen Fullscreen 4:3
Duration 12 hours 17 minutes (approx)
Region Region 2 - Will only play on European Region 2 or multi-region DVD players.