Makepeace poses as reporter Debby Smith to get close to hoodlum 'Marocco' Jack and ends up saving his life from a rival gang. Dempsey joins Marocco's gang by posing as an American driver ... See full summary »

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Makepeace poses as reporter Debby Smith to get close to hoodlum 'Marocco' Jack and ends up saving his life from a rival gang. Dempsey joins Marocco's gang by posing as an American driver called Andy Sallapuccio, whom they need to pull off two simultaneous jewel heists. Meanwhile Spikings is facing complaints from upstairs that might lead to M.I. 10 being shut down. Written by The TV Archaeologist

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7 September 1985 (UK)  »

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Mickey the Shiv: You wanna watch this bloke, Debby, he's a mean driver, we all know what that means.
Makepeace: [claiming to be Debby Smith] No, Mickey, what does it mean?
Mickey the Shiv: Well, you know, that a bloke treats his woman the way he treats his cars.
Makepeace: Is that right, Mr. Sappaluccio?
Dempsey: [claiming to be Andy Sallapuccio] Sallapuccio. I don't think so. I never had a car that gives me as bad a tune as some of the women I know.
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Classy episode of a classic series
17 July 2014 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

One of the best episodes of this classic British TV series, "Wheelman" has everything going for it: a canny script with some great lines and a fast-moving story, great parts for Barber and Brandon as they infiltrate a gang of jewellery thieves posing as a sharp crime writer (Makepeace looking at her best) and a drug baron's American getaway driver (Dempsey), a classy villain played by a classy actor (Tom Georgeson on top form) supported by a good cast of quality British TV actors (including Lois Baxter, Terence Budd, George Irving and Niall Toibin). There's a staged car chase and some good cars, the always excellent Ray Smith as the irascible Spikings (at one point posing as a taxi driver), and even an appearance by Acker Bilk and his Paramount Jazz Band, performing on a leisure boat cruising the Thames. What more could you want? Recommended.


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