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Percy the Policeman - Series

Television (Full Length Episodes) – 1974

It's definitely a rope.
– Percy (Bill Stalker) demonstrates his detective skills
Disappointingly, television decided that they [the episodes] ridiculed the police, which of course they did. They were Keystone Cops things, and television refused to show them.
– Geoff Murphy compares Percy the Policeman to American silent comedies the Keystone Cops, in Murphy's 2015 autobiography A Life on Film, page 126
I discovered that a significant proportion of my class, mostly boys, was suffering from serious reading difficulties ... there was a dearth of reading material of limited vocabulary designed for 10-year-old boys ... I decided that I would write some books that might appeal to them...
– Geoff Murphy on writing the original Percy the Policeman stories for his pupils at Newtown School, in his 2015 autobiography A Life on Film, page 125
[In one scene] Burglar Bill drove off after robbing a bank, dragging Percy behind him on the end of a rope, joined in the chase by several others. Preoccupied by the activity behind him, Bruno [Lawrence] collided with an unscheduled oncoming vehicle, much to the consternation of the cameraman, who had lent his sports car for the project.
– Crew member Craig Walter's recollections of filming episode two, in Roger Booth's 1999 book Bruno - The Bruno Lawrence Story, page 165
Burglar Bill [Bruno Lawrence] was a genial rascal ... he was able to make you forget that he was a burglar; to become loveable, and then to plead for forgiveness. [Bill] Stalker and [Bruno] Lawrence combined in a fine line between condemnation and sympathy, and the result was the creation of genuinely comic figures.
– Producer John O'Shea, quoted in Roger Booth's 1999 book Bruno - The Bruno Lawrence Story, page 165