Leonard Rossiter stars as Cyril Dugdale, a Bristol-based 'machinegunner' (West Country slang for a debt collector) and amateur detective who fi nds himself enmeshed in a dangerous web of corruption in this dark yet humorous HTV thriller. Lured by the promise of easy money, Dugdale takes compromising photographs of Jack Bone, a property dealer involved in an adulterous affair, for the mysterious Felicity Mae Ingram; Felicity's attractiveness also has more than a little to do with Dugdale's eager co-operation, but he has little understanding of what he is stepping... into. When Bone's hired thugs are dispatched to retrieve the negatives, and then Bone himself is found dead in woodland, Dugdale realises he been drawn into a conspiracy involving a widespread extortion racket. Leonard Rossiter's sublime talent for portraying seedy, unscrupulous but comically engaging characters is used to marvellous effect in a production that also stars Nina Baden-Semper (Love Thy Neighbour), multi-award-winning writer and actor Colin Welland, Kate O'Mara (Dynasty), and Timothy Preece (The Fall and Rise of Reginald Perrin). Originally screened in 1976, Machinegunner was written by Dave Martin (Doctor Who) and BAFTA winner Bob Baker, and directed by Patrick Dromgoole (Robin of Sherwood). [show more]
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