Dick Turpin

Season 2 Episode 6

The Thief-Taker

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Aired Unknown Mar 22, 1980 on ITV
8.6
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The Thief-Taker
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Dick Turpin robs 50 guineas from Lord Fordingham who is not able to recognize him. They meet in an inn later where Turpin calls himself Jeremiah Snare, a thief-taker. He tricks Lordfordingham into believing Captain Nathan Striker is indeed Dick Turpin.

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  • Oh, what a tangled web ...

    8.5
    This is an astonishing episode of a show meant for young people. It reminded me of those 1960s caper movies (later revived with Ocean's Eleven) with convoluted plots. Dick Turpin comes up with a complicated plan to cheat Lord Fordingham and Captain Spiker, a series of events most viewers would not be able to predict. (Little details at the beginning of the show have large consequences for the success of the plan.)



    Apart from the plot, two things make the show work. For once there is some realism in the result of the characters' actions. Far too often Turpin can get away with things without him or his accomplices suffering a backlash. In this episode Spiker takes revenge for his humiliation by burning down Big Nell's inn, which introduces the sensation of guilt to Turpin.



    Secondly, we see the return of Turpin's best adversary. In the second season we have had a different bad guy every week, but we were really waiting to see Spiker again.moreless
Richard Harradine

Richard Harradine

Drake

Guest Star

Amanda Bell

Amanda Bell

Rose

Guest Star

Keith James

Keith James

Davy

Guest Star

Joan Rhodes

Joan Rhodes

Big Nell

Recurring Role

Michael Deeks

Michael Deeks

Swiftnick

Recurring Role

David Daker

David Daker

Captain Nathan Spiker

Recurring Role

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    • (Turpin explains how a fence makes money out of stolen goods.) Swiftnick: What does Harry do with them?


      Dick Turpin: Well, some go to Holland but most come back to the coat they were nicked from.


      Swiftnick: How?


      Dick Turpin: Say there is a reward sign posted somewhere. The fence gets one of his mates to claim them. That way the coat is happy, the fence is happy and we are happy.


      Swiftnick: Right little dance, isn't it?


      Dick Turpin: Yeah, and the poet's trying to tells us it's love that makes the world go around.

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