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  • Episode Guide
  • S 1 : Ep 13

    An Old Flame

    Aired 5/20/77

  • S 1 : Ep 12

    The Gift of the Emperor

    Aired 5/13/77

  • S 1 : Ep 11

    Home Affairs

    Aired 5/6/77

  • S 1 : Ep 10

    Mr Justice Raffles

    Aired 4/29/77

  • S 1 : Ep 9

    A Bad Night

    Aired 4/22/77

  • Cast & Crew
  • Anthony Valentine

    A.J. Raffles

  • Victor Brooks

    Beckett the Albany Porter

  • Christopher Strauli

    Harry "Bunny" Manders

  • Victor Carin

    Inspector Mackenzie

  • John Carson


  • show Description
  • Welcome to the Raffles guide at TV.com. A. J. Raffles is a dashing late-Victorian English gentleman of impeccable credentials - a member of the very best clubs, a first class cricketer, a resident of London's ultra-pukka Albany. However, his social standing is just not matched by his private income, and in the absence of funds Raffles has adopted the career of 'amateur cracksman' to the nobility and gentry - that is, jewel thief. Harry 'Bunny' Manders is an old school friend of Raffles and is equally hard up, so he becomes a partner in the adventure of stealing from the rich to give to - well, to pay one's wine-merchant's and one's tailors' bills, anyway, and perhaps one's rent and one's gambling debts. Bunny is not altogether as bright as Raffles, but nevertheless he is more of a help than a hindrance, saving the day on more than one occasion. The pair do not see themselves as common criminals. Apart from a little honest thievery, they maintain high moral standards, and on occasion do a little detective work - or even crime-fighting - of their own. Inspector MacKenzie is the policeman with the job of catching the amateur cracksman - so once A.J. Raffles has come under his suspicion, MacKenzie has to be outwitted. Based on the stories by E.W. Hornung.moreless

  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (5)

    • Raffles: "Cricket, like everything else, is good enough sport until you discover a better. As a source of excitement it isn't in it with other things you wot of, Bunny. I grant you, slow bowling is a useful exercise in low cunning. But where's the satisfaction of taking a man's wicket when what you really want is the contents of his safe?"

    • Raffles: "Greater love hath no man than this - that he commits burglary for his friend." Maud: "I didn't think Bunny had it in him," Raffles: "Oh, he's solid worth - Bunny - through and through. He's a trump!"

    • Raffles: "A man's reach must exceed his grasp, dear boy, or what the dickens is a heaven for?" (this remark has its origins in Robert Browning's poem "Andrea Del Sarto" lines 97-98).

    • Raffles: Cover her face, Mine eyes dazzle! Raffles, on beholding Lady Osborne's diamond necklace and tiara, quotes from John Webster's 'The Duchess Of Malfi'.

    • Raffles( to Brigstock): You've brought crime into disrepute... You've made it something which is regarded with loathing and distaste by decent people... You've taken the sporting element out of crime ... Bunny, put the prisoner in the dock.

    Notes (2)

    • This episode also features Susan Skipper. Anthony Valentine (Raffles) and Susan Skipper are real-life husband and wife.

    • This was Marina Sirtis's first screen role, filmed when she was only sixteen.

    Allusions (1)

    • An interesting website about London's Albany, where Raffles makes his home, may be found at the following link: http://www.georgianindex.net/albany/Rooms_at_the_Albany.html

  • Fan Reviews (1)
  • http://www.raffles-the-amateur-cracksman.com Raffles The Amateur Cracksman fansite.

    By albowlly, Feb 26, 2009