Glasgow Ucos

Series 9 - Episode 9 Glasgow Ucos

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Review

There’s the acrid stench of “possible spin-off” when Gerry and Steve leave Brian and Sandra (both Alun Armstrong and Amanda Redman have announced they’re quitting) to head for Glasgow and an episode all to themselves.

Police in Scotland want to set up their own version of Ucos and Gerry is just the man to tell them all about it. Thus a pained Gerry (Dennis Waterman) gives an excruciating talk about “good old-fashioned know-how”. Inevitably he and Steve (Denis Lawson) end up unofficially investigating the 1993 murder of a bookie. It feels like an attempt to set Gerry and Steve up as a duo, and ends with Gerry admitting, “Scotland is beginning to grow on me.”

Summary

In a special edition of the detective drama that features only two members of the team, Gerry Standing and Steve McAndrew travel to Glasgow, where a new Ucos section is being set up. While there, they agree to assist the investigation into the 1993 unsolved murder of James Soutar, the wealthy owner of a string of betting shops. Cathy Sinclair, one of the beneficiaries of the bookie's will at his death, had a care-home upbringing in common with Soutar, but she claims to have no idea who he was or why she was left £15,000. McAndrew has a personal stake in the case - the original investigating officer was corrupt cop Frank McNair, who had an affair with his wife, and their paths soon cross. The London-based officers' questions begin to unsettle someone and a campaign of victimisation against them begins, but it's a revelation from McAndrew's girlfriend Charley that reawakens a long-dormant scandal and clears the path to a solution. Dennis Waterman and Denis Lawson star.

Cast & Crew

Gerry Standing Dennis Waterman
Steve McAndrew Denis Lawson
DAC Robert Strickland Anthony Calf
DCI Fiona MacDougall Kate Dickie
Charley Scott Kathleen McDermott
Cathy Sinclair Neve McIntosh
Frank McNair Hilton McRae
Colin Ogilvy Ralph Riach
Helen Wray Sandy McDade
Roy Fraser Ken Drury
Director Philip John
Producer Tom Mullens
Writer Roy Mitchell
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