Spindoe (1968)

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This spin-off of the British crime series The Fellows focused on recurring character Alec Spindoe (Ray McAnally), a brash cockney gangster. Ostensibly shipped off to prison for keeps by the two protagonists of The Fellows, Spindoe nonetheless managed to get sprung in time to appear in his own Granada TV series, beginning April 19, 1968. Attempting to pick up his vast criminal activities where he left off, Spindoe met with fierce opposition from a North London crime czar (Richard Hurndall) and a down-at-heels private eye (George Sewell). The tone of the series was succinctly established by the initial episode title "And the Blood Starts Flowing." Despite its London milieu, Spindoe was filmed in Manchester by award-winning director Mike Newell. Lasting six hour-long episodes, the series completed its run on May 24, 1968.