Jimmy Nail - Det. Sgt. Freddie Spender
Tony McAnaney - Keith Moreland
Lynn Harrison (I) - Kate Spender
Dawn Winlow - Laura Spender
Denise Welch - Frances Spender
Paul Greenwood - Supt. Yelland [ 1991 ]
Peter Guinness - Det. Chief Supt. Gillespie [ 1992 - 1993 ]
Berwick Kaler - Det. Sgt. Dan Boyd
Sammy Johnson - Kenneth ‘Stick’ Oakley
Brendan P. Healy - Eric
Review From IMDB
SPENDER is the kind of gritty, intelligent cop drama that's been missing from North American television screen. The BBC produced series is a positive gem, having run for 3 consecutive seasons, and spawned one film entitled "The French Collection". Starring the excellent and multi-talented Jimmy Nail ("Still Crazy", "Evita"), it has garnered a following in Canada through re-runs on Showcase Television.
The character of Spender is a tough and able cop cleaning up the streets of London with his somewhat unorthodox methods. Following a tragic incident, he's sent home, back to the North-East to his home-town of Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, which had taken him 20-odd years to get out of. Now re-united with old friends and haunting ghosts from his untamed past, the loathing he feels for the city and his new assignment drives his character to push the limits, and test the powers that be that govern his jurisdiction. But once we meet Spender's family - divorced wife Frances and his two young daughters - we witness an unexpected dimension to the character: that of a father and protector of his children, who finds it awkward to work his way back into their lives.
Excellent scripts, hard-hitting drama and action accompany a wealth of talent involved in the making of this quality program. Jimmy Nail not only stars, but pens a few of those scripts. Together with his friend Tony McAnaney (who also co-stars as Keith and writes the music for the series) they combine to produce a unique and often haunting musical score which creates just the right kind of atmosphere for the program. And of course, there's the thick and sexy accents which can only come from the North-East.
Spender is definitely worth a try. If the catchy theme doesn't get to you, the high-drama will!
Please note This is not my rip I got this elsewhere We must thank the original uploader = "pgarbutt " for making this Third series available i have looked at it and it is what it says its a TV VHS RIP so the quality is not like a dvd rip but it is still very watchable. Once again thanks to the original ripper.
Original ripper notes
Spender - Series 3
1. The More Things Change
4. Bad Company
5. Best Friends
Transferred from original VHS TV recordings off BBC1.
PAL system format.
Archived 06-07 October 2007.
4x3 aspect ratio.
File format is of .DIVX format, but you can rename to .AVI if you prefer...still works fine if you do!
VHS > JVC S-VIDEO Recorder > UMAX 8400 DVD Recorder > DVD +R > IFOEDIT 0.971 > TMPGEnc DVD Author 3 > DIVX (600MB)
Anything higher rate than that and I don't think you'll spot the difference - 600MB per episode is just right anyways for approx 50 minutes of video, so the whole series fits onto a DVD-R quite easily. IFO Edit was used to clean the VOBs and produce workable IFOs so that they'd go into TMPEGEnc. I had to use v1.6 of TMPEG, as v2.0 refused to load the cleaned VOBs - I don't know why and I have got the latest version too!
If anyone has the sell-thru VHS of the series, I'll gladly transfer those instead!
Please keep this NFO with the episodes so that people know how they were made and who done the work.
Just remember - if this comes out on official DVD then buy it.
These DivX files are for archival purposes until that time, OK?!
ENJOY THIS RARELY-SEEN SERIES!