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Villains: His Dad Named Him After The General (ITV 29 Jul 1972, Martin Shaw, Cheryl Hall)



In His Dad Named Him After The General the “bog robbers” have staged a daring escape en route to their appeal, one of the gang, Monty Parkin. has found his way to a safe house and a reunion with his girlfriend Shirley. The pair have £30,000 left from the robbery that put Monty inside in the first place and need to lie low for a couple of weeks before trying to make their way abroad.

It isn’t long before boredom sets in and an ill judged trip to a pub leads to the shooting of a policeman. When the policeman later dies and a witness ID’s Shirley it puts their escape plans into jeopardy.

Much of the second part of the episode focuses on the fall out of the death of a policeman on duty, lots of news reports and much of the budget spent on his funeral.

It’s a really powerful episode at times, especially in the intense scenes between Monty and Shirley leading up to Monty cracking and shooting out the TV with a cry of “the silent majority, well they can get f…” with the expletive not really bleeped by the firing of the shotgun. The episode is also a must see for Martin Shaw fans with it’s double whammy of Shaw prancing about in just his undies and wearing an outrageous blonde wig.

production details
UK / ITV – London Weekend Television / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Saturday 29 July 1972 at 9.30pm

Writer: Andrew Brown / Production Design: David Catley / Director: Tony Wharmby

Series: Villains Episode 2 (of 13)

Martin Shaw as Monty Parkin
Cheryl Hall as Shirley Coombs
Richard Shaw as Lennie
Bernadette Milnes as Mavis
Dorothea Phillips as Hilda
Robert Sidaway as Sgt Jackson
Richard Grant as Announcer
Jenny Oulton as Policewoman
Anna Barry as Mrs Jackson
Clive Cazes as Spanish Voice on record
John Franklyn-Robbins as Detective Inspector Rawlings
Michael Lees as Reverend Mulhouse
Nancy Gabrielle as Mrs Parkin
Colin Baker as Reporter