Saturday, 6 May 2017
674 Bird of Prey / Bird of Prey 2
First viewed : 23 June 1984
I completely missed this the first time round in 1982 but when the first episode was repeated in my last week at university some of the of the guys in the room said it was pretty good so I stayed put and watched it.
It starred chubby Richard Griffiths as mild-mannered computer programmer Henry Jay who uncovers something suspicious in the system and finds himself pursued by malevolent forces. In the conclusion he protected himself by planting revelatory bombs in the system which would go off if anything happened to him.
A second series Bird of Prey 2 followed in September with Henry's protective codes on the point of being cracked and therefore his life in renewed peril from a larger cast of villains including Bob Peck and Lee Montague who co-wrote the series. In the end Montague's assassin was despatched by Henry's loyal wife ( Carole Nimmons ). I didn't think it was quite as good as the first series as Henry was perforce no longer the Everyman baffled by what was going on around him.