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Strangers: You Can”t Win ‘Em All (ITV 21 Oct 1980)




In You Can’t Win ‘Em All the Inter-City team have a major fraud case to deal with. A mathematical genius has robbed 8 banks at the same time on the same day.

Bulman goes undercover at an Oxford university when it looks like one it’s most promising students, Harry Jerome, may be involved.

You Can’t Win ‘Em All marks the first appearance of MI5 man William Dugdale who would go on to make occasional appearances in this series and a more prominent role in spin-off Bulman.

production details
UK / ITV – Granada / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Tuesday 21 October 1980 at 9.00pm

Writer: Murray Smith / Production Design: Tim Farmer / Director: Bill Gilmour

Series: Strangers Season 3 Episode 2

Don Henderson as Bulman
Dennis Blanch as Willis
Fiona Mollison as Bennett
Mark McManus as Lambie
Bruce Bould as Casey
Adam Bareham as Harry Jerome
Thorley Walters as Bill Dugdale
Tracey Childs as Kate
Sabina Franklyn as Sophy
Fred Pearson as Detective Inspector Haggard
Kenny Ireland as Edinburgh bank manager
John Rogan as Bank customer
Graham Rowe as Coventry bank manager
Paul Imbusch as Bank Customer
Johnny Maxfield as Liverpool bank manager
Kevin Costello as Bank customer
Anthony Sharp as Professor Alan Keith
Arthur Blake as Stoneman
Helen McCarthy as Mrs Gardiner
Shireen Shah as Air stewardess