If you haven’t seen it, the Mod episode of Gideon’s Way screens tonight on Talking Pictures TV.
Yes, Talking Pictures comes up trumps once again, this time with a Mod oddity and a storyline that’s very of its day.
Gideon’s Way is a British television crime series made in the mid-1960s, starring John Gregson in the title role as Commander George Gideon of Scotland Yard.
As a crime series, it’s quite traditional and fairly slow-paced. This was over a decade before The Sweeney hit our screens and most police dramas tended to be like that.
As a series, I wouldn’t give it a great deal of thought, but in August 1964 they made an episode that goes by the name of The Rhyme and the Reason. It put Mods on mainstream TV at a time when they were all over the newspapers due to the seaside riots. Cashing in? Possibly. But Gideon’s Way does it well.
This episode stars Alan Rothwell and Carol White as a couple, Rothwell being the teen Mod and really looking the part in his casual wear and with his customised Vespa GS.
The couple has a row and later the girl (played by Carol White) is found dead. The fashion-based evidence (a Converse shoe) points to the boy. Gideon, as a friend of his sister, is asked to investigate to find out if he really did kill her.
It’s a decent hour of entertainment. Check out Rothwell’s Mod look, his GS and the local rockers, who inevitably get involved in a confrontation. Some lovely scenery of the era too, especially if you want to see 1960s Battersea.
Talking Pictures shows it regularly and it is showing tonight, Tuesday 11th February 2020 at 9pm.
If you are not in the UK, there is a poor quality version of it on YouTube, which you can see below. If you want to own it, you will have to buy the entire series on DVD.