Diamond Geezer

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Diamond Geezer 1
Created by Caleb Ranson
Starring David Jason
Gary Whelan
Paul Bown
Stephen Wight
George Cole
Jenny Agutter
Theme music composer Ray Russell
Composer(s) Ray Russell
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of series 2
No. of episodes 4
Producer(s) ITV Productions
Running time 90 Minutes (including advertisements)
Original channel ITV, STV, UTV
Original release 20 March 2005

Diamond Geezer is a British television comedy drama written by Caleb Ranson which stars David Jason as a jewel thief and professional con man.


The first series of Diamond Geezer was supposed to be a one off special ITV drama starring David Jason as a long-serving prison inmate trying to persuade a first time offender to join forces with him in his new big scam. It was broadcast on 20 March 2005.

After a successful pilot episode however it was decided that David Jason would reprise his role as Des in a new three-part series, which began on 9 April 2007.

In the US the series was released under the title Rough Diamond.

Series 1[edit]

The pilot episode of Diamond Geezer was aired on 20 March 2005. It starred David Jason as a long-serving prison inmate Des. His character comes across as a frail old man who is honest and open. This gains the respect of most of the inmates and prison guards alike. What they fail to realise is Des's master plan, which is to commit the 'perfect crime' and steal valuable diamonds from fellow inmate and notorious bully Benny. He takes petty theft criminal Phil under his wing to hatch the devious and dangerous plan.

Series 2[edit]

Main article: Diamond Geezer 2

The second series premiered on 9 April 2007 and saw a return of David Jason and Stephen Wight as Des and Phil.


Main characters[edit]

Others alphabetical (From series 1 & 2)[edit]

  • Reece Andrews – Prison Guard
  • Jenny Agutter – Vanessa
  • Paul Bown – Guv'nor
  • Frank Brunet – Jules
  • Nick Burnell – Callow
  • George Cole – Gerald
  • Linda Duffield – Waitress
  • Elly Fairman – Gloria
  • Andrew Grainger – Roberts
  • Michael Klesic – Russian Security Agent
  • Des McAleer – Martins
  • Carli Norris – Betsy
  • Miranda Pleasence – Miranda
  • Ieuan Rhys – Jenx
  • Oggie Smith – Russian Security Guard
  • Robert Stone – Prison henchman
  • Simon Paul Sutton – Denver
  • Mary Tamm – Maureen
  • Daniel Tatarsky – Boris Pudovnik
  • Richard Vanstone – Winters
  • Crystal Yu – Ping



Season 1: 2005[edit]

Total No. Title Original airdate Season No.
1 "Pilot Episode[1]" 20 March 2005 (2005-03-20) 1
Trusted by inmates and prison guards alike, Des is a simple, stammering soul who wouldn’t hurt a fly. Little do they know, Des has a spring in his step and twinkle in his eye that’s worth millions. He’s a master of disguise and being in prison is all part of his ingenious plan - Des needs the perfect alibi for the perfect crime…

Season 2: 2007[edit]

Total No. Title Original airdate Season No.
1 "A Royal Affair[1]" 9 April 2007 (2007-04-09) 2
Des breaks into seemingly impenetrable Buckingham Palace to steal a large diamond before it is handed over to the Indian Government. Will Des manage to pull off an elaborate heist before they realise the diamond’s a fake?
2 "Old Gold[1]" 16 April 2007 (2007-04-16) 2
Des plans to steal £8 million pounds of Russian gold for the families of Russian and British secret agents who have been killed. Despite Des’ good intentions, will his wrongdoings finally catch up with him?
3 "Old School Lies[1]" 23 April 2007 (2007-04-23) 2
Des attempts to relieve a large financial institution of a vast amount of money after they’ve plundered innocent people’s pension funds. Will a shooting accident prevent Des and his accomplices from achieving justice?


  1. ^ a b c d "Episode list for "Diamond Geezer"". Internet Movie Database. Retrieved 2009-09-05. 

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