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Special Branch: Date of Birth (ITV 11 Apr 1974, with Susan Jameson)



Special Branch Date of Birth Susan Jameson

In Date of Birth the Mounties capture a KGB agent in the Yukon, he has stolen top secret papers about a NATO early warning system. A second man gets away and is believed to be heading to the UK to pass the papers on to the next link on the chain – a young woman posing as an au-pair girl.

All Special Branch have to go on is a date of birth, they have six possible suspects who all share the same birth-date, two of them are highly suspicious, one has a fake passport and the other is not who she claims to be either.

Special Branch Date of Birth

Katya Wyeth as au pair Susanne.

1970’s glamour girl Katya Wyeth plays one of the suspect au-pairs, she is best known for roles in A Clockwork Orange and Confessions of a Window Cleaner. There is also a strong role for Susan Jameson as Detective Sergeant Mary Holmes. She goes undercover with Craven and Haggerty and also seems to quite like Craven.

For the second episode in a row Commander Fletcher is not around, his place is again taken by a Commander Glover.

Special Branch Date of Birth

Craven and Haggerty go undercover at the airport.

Interestingly Haggerty comes out with the famed Sweeney quote “get your trousers on, you’re nicked” when he arrests a man at one of the au-pair’s flats. This actually pre-dates the quote’s appearance in Sweeney pilot Regan by a couple of months.

classic quote
“Right Charlie, get your trousers on, you’re nicked.”

production details
UK / ITV – Thame / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Thursday 11 April 1974 at 9.00pm

Writer: Lewis Greifer / Director: Don Leaver

Series: Special Branch Season 4 Episode 9

Special Branch Date of Birth

The boy on the bike is Simon Sharrock who must surely be the brother of Emmerdale Farm actor Ian Sharrock – he certainly looks very much like him.

George Sewell as Craven
Patrick Mower as Haggerty
Paul Eddington as Strand
Richard Beale as Cmdr Glover
Susan Jameson as Detective Sergeant Mary Holmes
Paul Antrim as Detective Sergeant Maguire
Suzanne Roquette as Heidi Schneider
Mia Nardi as Odette Guttman
Katya Wyeth as Susanne Brodl
Amanda Knott as Sylvie Roche
Margery Withers as Mrs Miles
Margaret Anderson as Mrs Robert Miles
Bruce Boa as Evans
Hal Galili as R.C.M.P. Sergeant
Kenneth Colley as Oliver
Simon Sharrock as Simon
Alan Stuart as Connors