Turtle’s Progress was in fact a spin off of The Hanged Man which aired in 1975 and starred Colin Blakely as a businessman who fakes his own death to discover who is out to get him. Turtle and Razor Eddie were two minor characters in that series, a pair of petty crooks and here they are still petty crooks who accidentally steal a van that is full of stolen safety deposit boxes. Naturally the owners of said boxes will do anything to get them back but Turtle and Eddie have their own ideas. The pair set up a company called “Guaranteed Security Inc” which is a kind of dodgy investigative agency.
Each of the boxes, whether they contain money, documents or incriminating photographes, leads to a mystery for the boys to get involved with. The show has that same down at heel London milieu as shows like Minder, Fox and Out but hasn’t been as well remembered as any of them.
The boys local pub was The Robin Hood where Turtle’s Aunt Ethel (whom he lodged with) was the barmaid and Superintendant Rafferty was the policeman trying to bring the boys down (Rafferty was played by James Grout in the first series but a leg accident led to him being replaced by David Swift for the second batch of episodes).
In The Hanged Man Razor Eddie was played by Gareth Hunt but he was involved in The New Avengers and a possible movie career by the time of this series.
UK | ITV Network – ATV
RUNNING TIME: 60 Minutes | NUMBER OF EPISODES: 13 | AIRDATES: 1979 – 80
CREATOR: Edmund Ward | THEME MUSIC: Alan Price | PRODUCERS: Joan Brown, Nicholas Palmer | EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: David Reid
JOHN F LANDRY as Turtle
MICHAEL ATTWELL as Razor Eddie
RUBY HEAD as Ethel Wagstaff
JO ROSS as WPC Andrews
JAMES GROUT as Supt Rafferty (season one)
DAVID SWIFT as Supt Rafferty (season two)