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Spender: The Homecoming

D.S. Freddie Spender is an undercover Geordie cop but has been in London for the last 15 years. He and his partner D.S. Colin Driver are on an undercover operation which goes horribly wrong and Spender is transferred back to his native Newcastle, much to his disgust.

Upon his return, he must confront an ex-wife and kids, a murky past and some local villains. His boss, Supt. Yelland also has dislikes Spender, and thinks he's a pain in the arse.

Yelland assigns Spender to a case involving Raymond Price.

Episode Info
Episode number: 1x1
Airdate: Tuesday January 08th, 1991

Director: Mary McMurray
Writer: Ian La Frenais

Guest Stars
Chrissy EdgeChrissy Edge
As Cath
Denise BrysonDenise Bryson
As Waitress
Peter JonfieldPeter Jonfield
As Chief Inspector Greaves
Colin McLachlan (1)Colin McLachlan (1)
As Raymond Price
David HaddowDavid Haddow
As Sidekick
David TelferDavid Telfer
As D.S. Colin Driver
Lisa BrookeLisa Brooke
As Pub Barmaid
Mark LloydMark Lloyd
As Lenny
Maurice IleyMaurice Iley
As Andy Lowe
Peggy GosschalkPeggy Gosschalk
As Chairperson
Robert OughtonRobert Oughton
As Miami Kid
Steve AlderSteve Alder
As Tony Fowler
Steve CramSteve Cram
As Himself
Tony HodgeTony Hodge
As Kenny Rankin

Leonard SilverLeonard Silver
As Man in Hotel
Alice WallAlice Wall
As Lady Outside Station
Henry WallHenry Wall
As Man Outside Station
Main Cast
Jimmy NailJimmy Nail
As Spender
Berwick KalerBerwick Kaler
As Detective Sergeant Dan Boyd
Denise WelchDenise Welch
As Frances Spender
Lynn HarrisonLynn Harrison
As Kate Spender
Dawn WinlowDawn Winlow
As Laura Spender
Tony McAnaneyTony McAnaney
As Keith Moreland
Paul GreenwoodPaul Greenwood
As Superintendant Yelland
Episode Notes
First episode written by Ian La Frenais.

First episode directed by Mary McMurray.

This episode marks the first appearances of Freddie, Frances, Kate and Laura Spender, Stick, Supt. Yelland, Dan Boyd and Keith Moreland.

Jimmy Nail provided most of the information for this episode but Ian La Frenais wrote the script.

David Innes Edwards, the Location Manager for this episode (and the whole of series one) later went on to direct three episodes of Auf Wiedersehen, Pet.

Tony McAnaney previously appeared in an episode of Auf Wiedersehen, Pet, he played a Country and Western Band Member. McAnaney is a friend of Jimmy Nail's and he also wrote the theme music and incidental music. McAnaney also produced and played guitar on Jimmy Nail's album, Crocodile Shoes, he also wrote the song of the name. McAnaney also wrote the Incidental Music for Crocodile Shoes in 1994.

Denise Bryson, who plays the Waitress, previously appeared in a 1986 episode of Auf Wiedersehen, Pet. Sammy Johnson also appeared in the same episode.

Colin McLaughlan, who plays Raymond Price, later went on to guest-star in an episode of Crocodile Shoes.

David Haddow, who plays Sidekick, later went on to appear in an episode of Crocodile Shoes II, alongside Jimmy Nail.

The opening scenes were filmed at Newcastle Central Railway Station.

Episode Quotes
Greaves: You're going back to where you belong.
Spender: The North East? Why, wait a minute it took me twenty odd years to get out of the North East, am in no raging panic to get back thankyou!

Spender: A leather red bomber jacket and £10.99 slip ons. Your average Audi Quatro driver!

Episode Goofs
Near the beginning of the episode where Dan Boyd meets Spender, Boyd's car starts itself!

Cultural References
Keith: One of the guys from Dire Straits rents a studio here.

The Dire Straits were a band from the North-East. They formed in 1977 and broke up in 1995. They had many hits ranging between those years. Incidentally, the lead singer, Mark Knopfler played guitar on one of Jimmy Nail's songs.

Other Episode Crew

CreatorJimmy Nail  |  Ian La Frenais
ProducerMartin McKeand
Costume DesignerDennis Brack
Location ManagerSam Breckman
Production AssistantMaggie Stevens
GafferAlan Muhley
Stunt CoordinatorFrank Henson
Production ManagerDavid Innes Edwards
MusicianTony McAnaney
Script EditorHelen Greaves  |  Jen Samson
Dubbing MixerLee Taylor
Production AssociateTony Redston
Graphic DesignerAlan Jeapes
Incidental MusicTony McAnaney
DesignerChris Pemsel
Film RecordistPatrick Quirke
Title MusicTony McAnaney
Supervising EditorMartin Sharpe (1)
Make-up DesignerDi Roberts
Assistant Floor ManagerRos Willey  |  Cherry Gould
Properties BuyerMalcolm Rougvie
Casting AdvisorSusie Bruffin
Dubbing EditorFrancis Buchanan
PhotographerNigel Walters
Production Operatives SupervisorGeorge Griffiths
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