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Strangers: Racing Certainty (ITV 4 Nov 1980, Maurice Colbourne)



Very much a continuation of the previous episode Racing Certainty sees Bulman and the team determined to avenge the deaths of the two detectives killed by the crooks out to bring down John Rutter, one of their own who they think has turned “grass”.

Bennett is finding it particularly tough because she had just become romantically involved with Casey who was one of the two cops killed.

Speaking to the TV Times (1/11/80) producer Richard Everitt explained how the production team staged their own race at Newmarket for one of the key scenes in the episode “we staged our own race after one day’s meeting was over, and invited the crowds to stay and watch to give our shots the necessary authenticity.”

production details
UK / ITV – Granada / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Tuesday 4 November 1980 at 9.00pm

Writer: Murray Smith / Production Design: Tim Wilding / Director: Ken Grieve

Series: Strangers Season 3 Episode 4

Don Henderson as Bulman
Dennis Blanch as Willis
Fiona Mollison as Bennett
John Ronane as Singer
Mark McManus as Lambie
Maurice Colbourne as John Rutter
Ken Kitson as Joe Green
Rachel Davies as Jean Rutter
James Copeland as Willie Mauchlin
Jonathan David as Doug Smithers
Stuart Richman as Detective Inspector
Karen Mayo Chandler as Lucy Degas
Barrie Houghton as Harry Degas
Pamela Sholto as Mrs Casey
Phil Corke as Priest