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Special Branch: Borderline Case (ITV 30 Sep 1970, with Davyd Harries)



In Borderline Case Special Branch officer Detective Sergeant Sherman is undercover in London’s docklands trailing a suspect revolutionary Karl Peters. The team are concerned that Sherman’s cover has been blown but he wants to stay on surveillance duty.

Although it’s clear that Peter’s might be planning something Jordan is convinced that Sherman has become too personally involved. When Sherman reveals that Peters is planning violent action on a Dutch ship newly arrived at the docks it looks like SB may be on to something. However Jordan is right, Sherman has let the case get to him and has planted evidence.

The episode features a rare season two appearance from the SB Deputy Commander.

Davyd Harries who plays the weary Sherman is best known for his starring role in popular crime drama Hunter’s Walk.

Special Branch Borderline Case

Suspect revolutionary Peters.

classic quote
Inman: “I’m sorry to bring you in off leave”
Jordan: “It doesn’t matter Sir, I was only enjoying myself.”
Inman: “This is better for you anyway.”

production details
UK / ITV – Thames / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Wednesday 30 September 1970 at 9.00pm

Writer: Lewis Greifer / Production Design: Mike Hall / Director: Tom Clegg

Series: Special Branch Season 2 Episode 8

Derren Nesbitt as Jordan
Fulton Mackay as Inman
David Garth as Deputy Commander
Davyd Harries as Det Sgt Sherman
Tony Caunter as Det Sgt Clark
John Graham as Doctor
Georgina Simpson as Ginny
Ann Curthoys as Alyson
Richard Durden as Peters
Richard Davies as Inspector Williams
Leon Lissek as Hoffman
Paul Prescott as Radio Shop youth