Diamond Geezer

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Diamond Geezer
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Genre Crime drama
Created by Caleb Ranson
Starring David Jason
Gary Whelan
Stephen Wight
Theme music composer Ray Russell
Composer(s) Ray Russell
Country of origin United Kingdom
No. of series 2
No. of episodes 4 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) David Jason
David Reynolds
Producer(s) Menzies Kennedy
Running time 90 mins. (including advertisements)
Production company(s) ITV Productions
Release
Original network ITV, STV, UTV
Picture format 16:9
Audio format Stereo
Original release 20 March 2005 – 23 April 2007

Diamond Geezer is a British television crime drama, broadcast on ITV1 between March 20, 2005 and April 23, 2007.[1] Created by Caleb Ranson, the series stars David Jason as jewel thief and professional con man Des. Two series of the programme were broadcast. A third series was not commissioned due to falling viewing figures, and Jason filming the first full series of A Touch of Frost since 2002.

Background[edit]

Initially broadcast as a one-off special, Diamond Geezer was commissioned for a full series of three episodes following strong viewing figures and critical acclaim. The first episode sees Des (David Jason), a long-serving prison inmate, trying to persuade a first time offender to join forces with him in his new big scam. The episode was broadcast on March 20, 2005, to an audience of nearly 10 million viewers.[2] The three part second-series began broadcast on April 9, 2007, but did not live up to expectation, with the final episode barely scraping 4 million viewers, down from 6.2 million viewers for the first episode. All four episodes were later broadcast in the United States under the title Rough Diamond.

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Episode list[edit]

Series 1 (2005)[edit]

Episode Title Written by Directed by Viewers
(millions)[3]
Original airdate
1 "Diamond Geezer[4]" Caleb Ransom Paul Harrison 9.94m 20 March 2005 (2005-03-20)
Trusted by inmates and prison guards alike, Des is a simple, stammering soul who wouldn’t hurt a fly. He 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. 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 - which is to 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 (2007)[edit]

Episode Title Written by Directed by Viewers
(millions)
Original airdate
1 "A Royal Affair" Caleb Ranson Paul Harrison 6.23m 9 April 2007 (2007-04-09)
Des is in Nicé overseeing work on his luxurious new villa, under the alias of Major John Robbie, but the smile quickly disappears from Des's face when he and his son Phil are arrested on suspicion of murdering Benny Fellows – a victim from a previous heist. DI Critchley offers the pair a deal, saying charges against them will be dropped if they return to London and pull off the robbery of a lifetime – breaking into Buckingham Palace and stealing the Star of India before it is returned to the Indian Prime Minister, unaware that it is not the real diamond. Des and Phil only have seven days to plan and execute the near impossible raid. Will this be one job too many, even for the master criminal?
2 "Old Gold" Guy Burt Paul Harrison 4.88m 16 April 2007 (2007-04-16)
Kate, an attractive former British intelligence agent, approaches Des with a proposition. The KGB stashed gold bullion in London during the Cold War – but its whereabouts were lost when a coded message vanished. However, Kate has learned that the code is hidden in a painting hanging in the Russian Embassy – and she asks Des to steal it. Des, Kate and her Russian contact Sergei set about devising a plan to recover the painting, but it isn't long before both British and Russian agents are on their tail. And it seems as though Kate and Sergei are not all that they seem. Will Des manage to get away before the heat comes down? And will his wrongdoings finally catch up with him?
3 "Old School Lies" Nick Fisher Simon Langton 4.26m 23 April 2007 (2007-04-23)
Des attends a wake to pay his respects to old pal Bobby and meets up with Barry, Bobby's brother and Violet, his mum. Violet is heartbroken by the death of her son, as Bobby was the only good boy in her family. However, it was a heart attack that eventually killed Bobby, which Violet believes was the result of stressing over some missing money. As Violet sits crying, Barry takes Des for a walk by the river and talks about Bobby. It was stress that killed Bobby, after thirty years of pension contributions his company went into liquidation and Bobby's pension fund disappeared. Barry believes that City Financial firm Leyfield-Clark stole Bobby's pension fund and he asks Des to steal it back. Des offers to do anything to ease the pain, and Barry makes it clear that this is the only money his mum will accept as help. Will Des be able to follow the paper trail and steal Bobby's pension fund for Violet?

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