In Property, Dogs and Women a group of young tearaways have been causing trouble for months, matters come to a head at a Christmas Carol singing event. A young boy is badly injured and a shop is attacked.
Kingdom and Ward are getting nowhere fast, especially as it seems half the town are involved. Worse still two policemen are under suspicion of stealing fur coats from the shop during the altercation.
The always excellent Tony Selby is one of the two coppers accused of theft. Stephen Yardley and John Rhys Davies are the two internal affairs detectives from A10 called in to investigate. Neither have much to do but do manage to look suitably menacing. Meanwhile among the tearaways are a young Michael Deeks (aka Swiftnick from Dick Turpin) and Patrick Murray who is best known for his role in Only Fools and Horses.
Ward manages to score himself a date in this episode too, another part of the softening of his character this season. The dynamic between himself and Kingdom is better for it too.
UK / ITV – London Weekend Television / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Saturday 28 July 1973 at 8.30pm
Writer: Stuart Douglass / Production Design: Bryan Bagge / Director: Paul Annett
Series: New Scotland Yard Season 3 Episode 6
John Woodvine as Kingdom
John Carlisle as Ward
Tony Selby as P.C. Wright
Stephen Yardley as Detective Inspector Corral
John Rhys-Davies as Detective Sergeant Hill
Eric Carte as P.C. Griffin
Harold Bennett as Mr Chapman
Margo Andrew as Mary Pascoe
Patrick Murray as Jimmy Lampard
Michael Deeks as Frankie Pilcher
Vic Wise as Mr Percy
Denys Hawthorne as Detective Inspector Ridge
Eric McCaine as Inspector Painter
Barbara Ashcroft as Parent
Jean Rimmer as Mrs Pilcher
Leonard Fenton as Station Sergeant
Ken Haward as Detective Constable Noble
Michael Wynne as Detective Inspector Waller
Peter Baldwin as Mr Graceworthy