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Phoo Action (BBC-2 2008, Jime Winstone, Tallulah Riley)

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It’s 2012 and London is in the grip of mutant criminals, The Freebies. Only Terry Phoo, a hapless Buddhist kung-fu cop, and unruly teenage heroine Whitey Action, the daughter of Police Chief Benjamin Benson, can save the nation.

Together they form an unlikely but effective crime-fighting team who bring together chaos and comedy, mischief and mayhem, to become heroes for a future generation in the face of Britain’s super-vile, super-famous mutated criminals.

Jaime (daughter of Ray) Winstone stars as teenage anarchist Whitey Action, Eddie Shin is martial arts sweetheart Terry Phoo and Rocky legend Carl Weathers as Benjamin Benson, Chief of Police and long-suffering father to the rebellious Whitey.

Jaime Winstone loved playing the role of Phoo’s resident teenage anarchist Whitey Action and said of the role ‘It’s not every day that you wake up and become a super hero… I was happy to be sucked into the comic strip madness!’

Phoo Action also stars Danny Webb (Still Crazy, Life Begins) as the sinister and power-hungry Lord Rothwell; Talulah Riley (St Trinians, Pride and Prejudice) as Lady Eleanor Rigsby, Whitey’s party-loving posh pal; and Sanjeev Kohli (Still Game) as Alan Arthanayake, a celebrity-obsessed news anchorman.

Phoo Action was the first drama to be filmed in BBC Scotland’s new state-of-the-art headquarters at Pacific Quay in Glasgow. A series was initally commissioned but then cancelled.

production details
UK | BBC Three | 1×60 minutes | Broadcast 12 February 2008

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Jaime Winstone as Whitey Action
Tallulah Riley as Lady Eleanor Rigsby
Carl Weathers as Chief Benjamin Benson
Eddie Shin as Terry Phoo
Phil Cornwell
Danny Webb as Lord Rothwell
Sanjeev Kohli (Still Game) as Alan Arthanayake

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