Framed (TV series)

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Framed
Created by Lynda La Plante
Starring Timothy Dalton
Timothy West
David Morrissey
Annabelle Apsion
Penelope Cruz
Country of origin UK
No. of series 1
No. of episodes 4
Production
Running time 60 min.
Broadcast
Original channel ITV, STV, UTV
Picture format 4:3, 16:9
Original run 27 November –
18 December 1992

Framed is a ITV television drama series that ran for one four-part series in 1992, an adaptation from the novel written by Lynda La Plante, who also wrote the television screenplay. La Plante, known for her hit television series Prime Suspect, wrote Framed as a four x 60 minute drama, however for its broadcast in the United States, it was edited down into one, feature-length special, just 120 mins long (cutting out most of the first episode, filmed in Spain and various scenes of Morrissey and Apsion from the other episodes). The series was broadcast from 27 November to 18 December 1992.

Characters[edit]

  • Timothy Dalton as Eddie Myers, chief suspect known to be involved a bank robbery which was committed several years ago
  • Timothy West as DCI Jimmy McKinnes, the officer who investigate the original case and is determined to nail Myers
  • David Morrissey as DC Lawrence 'Larry' Jackson, the officer who discovers Myers in Spain and is assigned to live with him
  • Annabelle Apsion as Susan Jackson, Larry's long-suffering wife who has an affair whilst Larry is working on the case
  • Penelope Cruz as Lola Del Moreno, one of Myers' girls who has been protecting him during his time living in Spain

Episode list[edit]

Episode Title Written by Directed by Running time Original airdate Viewers
(millions)
1 "Episode 1" Lynda La Plante Geoffrey Sax 60 min. 27 November 1992
Whilst on holiday in Spain, DC Lawrence Jackson is alarmed when he believes he has spotted none other than Eddie Myers, a figurehead turned informant who was wanted for his involvement in a bank robbery some years previously. However, Myers was believed to be long since dead after his wife identified a corpse found in Italy. Convinced that he has seen Myers, Jackson calls his team back home and soon enough, they arrive on the island to find Myers living it large. Myers is arrested and deported back to England, however he refuses to talk to anyone but Jackson. Myers is kept in a confinement cell, and DCI Jimmy McKinnes assigns Jackson the task of living with Myers until he can obtain information to the whereabouts of the other suspects involved in the bank robbery.
2 "Episode 2" Lynda La Plante Geoffrey Sax 60 min. 4 December 1992
Jackson, determined to get Myers to spill the beans, neglects his wife during a short weekend on leave, and before long, she finds herself in the company of Jackson's colleague, DC 'Frisbee' Summers. Meanwhile, with Myers on the brink of telling-all, Jackson slips away to a rendezvous with one of Myers' girls from Spain, and she accompanies him to a bank, where she reveals that an untouched £1 million from the robbery is stored away in a safety deposit box Myers' name - and that he plans to get it back before skipping the country again. Myers accompanies McKinnes to the reported dumping ground of the weapon used in the original robbery, only to be ambushed by parties unknown, with a grudge - leaving Myers' at death's door and McKinnes' case in tatters.
3 "Episode 3" Lynda La Plante Geoffrey Sax 60 min. 11 December 1992
Myers awakes in hospital, having survived the crash relatively unscathed. Knowing that old alliances have cottoned on to his plans, Myers decides that time is running out to get back what is rightfully his. Realizing that he is being kept under surveillance as well as having a live-in officer, Myers decides to cut his losses and fakes an illness, being taken to hospital by ambulance. During the ride, he asks Jackson if he wants in on the robbery, a fact which Jackson fails to communicate to McKinnes. Jackson is torn between his career and a very large sum of money - but will his head rule his heart? Meanwhile, Jackson also pays an unplanned visit to Myers' wife, much to McKinnes' dismay, and DI Shrapnel makes an error which Jackson tries to cover up for him.
4 "Episode 4" Lynda La Plante Geoffrey Sax 60 min. 18 December 1992
The day of the robbery arrives. Myers escapes from his captors and steals a vehicle, which he then drives into the central banking district. Jackson keeps McKinnes ahead of the game, and McKinnes lies in wait when Myers and Jackson arrive. However, little does Jackson know that Myers has been stringing him along all along and that the bank they are infact going to raid is not the bank Jackson was originally taken to by Myers' girls. The heist goes ahead as planned, but in an attempt to salvage the remains of the operation, Jackson becomes the getaway driver. Myers, however, has other plans and dismounts at the train station, where he soon manages to give the police the slip. Jackson is left to face the music while Myers leaves with a large sum in his back pocket. But is it all over?

DVD releases[edit]

DVD Name Ep# Region 2 Region 1
Framed: The Complete Series 4 16 January 2006[1] N/A

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