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Foxhole on the Roof 

Barker, a deranged, embittered old lag and his young accomplice Stacey - whom he disguises as a female hostage - dig in on a warehouse roof, pointing their machine-gun at a hospital ward ... See full summary »

Director:

William Brayne

Writers:

Brian Clemens (creator), Brian Clemens (by)
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Gordon Jackson ... George Cowley
Martin Shaw ... Doyle
Lewis Collins ... Bodie
Stanley Meadows ... Roddy Barker
Karl Howman Karl Howman ... Stacey
Ron Pember Ron Pember ... Jack Cobber
Steve Alder Steve Alder ... Murphy
Robert Putt Robert Putt ... Inspector Newton
C.J. Allen C.J. Allen ... Sgt. Wood
Roderic Leigh Roderic Leigh ... Dunston
Barbara Keogh Barbara Keogh ... Maisie
Richard Simpson Richard Simpson ... Doctor
Lorraine Grey Lorraine Grey ... Nurse (as Lorrain Grey)
Kim Goody Kim Goody ... Tessa
Alan Polonsky Alan Polonsky ... Bob
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Barker, a deranged, embittered old lag and his young accomplice Stacey - whom he disguises as a female hostage - dig in on a warehouse roof, pointing their machine-gun at a hospital ward and threatening to kill the patients unless they are given a million pounds. Bodie and ace climber Murphy scale a factory chimney to get height on them but almost scupper the operation. Doyle, however, after a visit to Stacey's girlfriend, has a better plan. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Action | Comedy | Crime

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7 November 1982 (UK) See more »

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When Doyle is talking on the radio to Cowley about Dunston, he is driving along a road alongside fields. When he is next seen a second later, after a brief cutaway to Cowley, he is driving down an urban residential street. See more »

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Foxhole on the Roof
4 May 2019 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

A nicely constructed episode even though it has few flaws.

Roddy Barker is a newly released convict but he has been planning a devious big job. From a high vantage point and barricaded in, he shoots at the doctors and nurses in the hospital post operation ward.

With ill patients left on their own, Barker demands a ransom of £1 million and he also has a hostage called Stacey.

However Stacey is actually a man and he is Barker's accomplice.

Cowley is stumped, the police and CI5 operatives cannot shoot at Barker and they cannot use any other force as he has a hostage.

Only Bodie as a plan as he takes colleague Murphy to climb a high tower.

A tense opening episode, it is nice to see a cunning plan. There is a lot of action and it looks like an expensive opening episode.

After a somewhat uneven fourth series, this one is much better.


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