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Synopsis: Exploits of Detective Superintendent Hackett (played by Patrick Mower), in charge of operations of a Regional Crime Squad. "Target" is one of the toughest police series ever - if you are into "The Sweeney" and "The Professionals" you should like this one too. Be warned though: there's a remarkable absence of humour, and the violence is nasty and unsettling sometimes.
The stories were about fairly ordinary crime: bank jobs, kidnappings, corruption etc. Nothing special here, but the way the production team handled it gave a new meaning to the term "grim realism".
Regular cast: Patrick Mower (Det. Sup. Steve Hackett) - Philip Madoc (Det. Chief Sup. Tate) - Brendan Price (Det. Sgt. Frank Bonney) - Vivien Heilbron (Det. Sgt. Louise Colbert).
Production Credit: BBC Television
EPISODE ONE: Shipment (9th September 1977)
Det. Sup. Hackett of the 13th Regional Crime Squad takes it very personally when his snitch is murdered. The snitch tipped him to some funny business onboard an international cargo ship, so he goes after an old enemy as the ultimate power behind the scam.
EPISODE THREE: Big Elephant (23rd September 1977)
A sailor gets himself in deep trouble when he tries to sell a package of stolen drugs he believes to be hashish, but is actually heroin and the object of a very intense search.
EPISODE FOUR: Hunting Parties (30th September 1977)
When a revolutionary action group interrupts a burglary at a former mobster's home, both Hackett and the victim's vindictive brothers race to catch them.
EPISODE SEVEN: Set Up (28th October 1977)
Hackett leaves the squad in disgrace, accused of accepting a bribe; he arranges to sell police dossiers to illegal alien smugglers to pay for his "retirement."
EPISODE EIGHT: Roadrunner (4th November 1977)
The investigation of an apparent truck hijacking and the subsequent murder of its driver by a hitchhiker leads Hackett to a sophisticated system of employee pilfering at an electronics plant.
EPISODE NINE: Carve-Up (11th November 1977)
Hackett's investigation into possible police corruption in connection with bids for a city development project leads him into an embarrassing triangle with a Chief Superintendent's daughter.
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