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Budgie: King For A Day (ITV 16 Jun 1972, with John Rhys-Davies)



Adam Faith in Budgie

In the excellent King For A Day, Budgie finds himself in charge of the entire Charlie Endell organisation – it’s only supposed to be fifteen minutes but of course Budgie lets the responsibility go to his head.

Charlie wants Budgie to pose as the CEO of Endell Enterprises Ltd to meet American gangster King Jorgenson who has some new fangled adult video cassettes to sell. Charlie doesn’t want to meet him having had a run in with him in Miami (where Charlie travelling abroad under his real name of Angus MacIntyre set fire to one of King’s clubs following an altercation over the tables.)

Budgie drags the deal out and even manages to give Hazel fifty quid of Charlie’s money when she pays an unexpected call. Worse still when King suggests a gambling session at a casino Budgie takes a thousand pounds out of Charlie’s safe. Luckily he doesn’t end up losing Charlie’s money.

We get a good glimpse of Charlie’s vastly expanded empire here, he’s definitely gone up in the world since season one. There’s a very nice modern office and the run down ‘bookshop’ is now an upmarket adult toy emporium. Once again Budgie’s innate greed gets the better of him and he almost gets a thorough beating from Charlie’s boys – it’s only the fact that Budgie now knows Charlie made something of a fool of himself in Miami that saves him.

production details
UK / ITV – London Weekend Television / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast 16 June 1972 at 9.00pm

Writers: Keith Waterhouse, Willis Hall / Production Design: John Emery / Director: Moira Armstrong

Series: Budgie Season 2, Episode 9

Adam Faith as Budgie
Iain Cuthbertson as Charlie Endell
Lynn Dalby as Hazel Fletcher
John Rhys-Davies as Laughing Spam Fritter
David Bauer as King Jorgenson
Sheila Brennan as Queen Jorgenson
Ray Marioni as Croupier
Nan Munro as Mrs Beecham
John Barrard as Shop Assistant
John J. Carney as Careless McDavitt