This set comprises both The Hanged Man and Turtle's Progress, devised and scripted by The Power Game's Edmund Ward. THE HANGED MAN After three attempts to kill him, Lew Burnett, owner of an international construction company, decides to stay 'dead' in order to stay alive... Undercover and on borrowed time, he must draw his enemies out while confronting some painful truths. Starring Colin Blakely and Michael Williams, this powerful eight-part thriller also features appearances from Jane Seymour and Gareth Hunt. TURTLE'S PROGRESS Adopting a lighter tone, this spin-off... charted the exploits of the petty crook first encountered in The Hanged Man, with Turtle and his accomplice Razor Eddie in accidental possession of a van containing eighty safe deposit boxes the proceeds of a bank job. Guest starring Antony Sher, Joss Ackland and Peter Bowles, Turtle's Progress prefigured Minder in its gritty London setting and sharp humour. [show more]
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All eight episodes from the 1974 mini-series and its 1980 spin-off, written by Edmund Ward. 'The Hanged Man' sees Lew Burnett (Colin Blakely), the owner of an international construction company, survive three attempts on his life and decide to play dead in order to survive. This tactic will only give him so much time however, and he must use it wisely if he is to find the people hunting him. 'Turtle's Progress' shifts the focus onto a petty criminal who featured in Burnett's story. Turtle (John F. Landry) and Razor Eddie (Michael Attwell) unwittingly end up with their hands on 80 safe deposit boxes taken in a bank heist. One by one they find out what is contained in each while Superintendent Rafferty (James Grout/David Swift), knowing about their illicit activities, skulks around searching for the hard evidence he needs to prove their guilt.