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Chrissie and Angie are driven to despair by money problems and the DoE investigators.


Philip Saville


Alan Bleasdale


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Angelis ... Chrissie Todd
Julie Walters ... Angie Todd
Jean Boht Jean Boht ... D.O.E. - Miss Sutcliffe
David Fleeshman David Fleeshman ... D.O.E. - Assistant Manager
David Ross David Ross ... D.O.E. - Donald Moss
David Neilson ... D.O.E. - Lawton
Cheryl Leigh Cheryl Leigh ... D.O.E. - Jackie Mills
Bernard Hill ... Yosser Hughes
Alan Igbon ... Loggo Logmond
Peter Kerrigan Peter Kerrigan ... George Malone
Shay Gorman Shay Gorman ... Malloy
Daisy Bell Daisy Bell ... Mrs. Sutcliffe
Jimmy Wilde Jimmy Wilde ... Gas Man
Suzanne Harrison Suzanne Harrison ... Clare Todd
Clare Kelly Clare Kelly ... Justine Todd


Chrissie and Angie are driven to despair by money problems and the DoE investigators.

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It Doesn't Matter If The Cat Is Black Or White - It Still Has Rabies
29 December 2014 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

Chrissie and Loggo are ordered to attend the DHSS office where they are told they will be facing criminal charges , though they may have an unlikely ally who wants to prosecute Malloy By coincidence immediately after seeing this episode I chanced upon a 1980 edition of WORLD IN ACTION featuring dole cheats who have been caught , dole cheats who hadn't been caught and the people doing the catching . Apparently in 1980 a grand total of 19,000 people out of 5 million claiming supplementary benefit were prosecuted in one year or about 0.3 per cent . Interesting there's a lack of guilt from anyone . Not from those who got caught , those who didn't get caught and those who do the catching . Those who do the catching really fancy themselves as James Bond , though you replace the Aston Martin , cigars and vodka martinis with Ford capris , woodbines and pints of bitter . Nothing like James Bond in fact

You can see what Bleasdale is trying to do here . He's not trying to paint the world in straight dichotomy of black and white . He does this via Miss Sutcliffe played with flamboyance by Jean Boht best known for her role in BREAD who sees not so much as Chrissie and Loggo as villains but corrupt capitalist boss Malloy . Nice try to everyone involved but it doesn't wash . It's a bit like a defendant at Nuremberg saying he should be let off for crimes against humanity because he only gassed rich Jews and not poor ones " So I'm not all that different from the Soviets so let me off comrade " . If you're bringing politics lets not forget the sage words of Sino Socialist Deng Xioping " It doesn't matter if the cat is black or white - as long as it catches mice " Indeed you could have added " It also doesn't matter what colour the cat is - if it's got rabies it needs to be quickly put down "

Some people might be confused as to why Loggo still insists on working on the side if his benefit has been stopped but this is the irony of sanctioned benefit - you don't qualify for benefit but still have to be available for work . In 2014 anyone missing an interview , an appointment with he job centre or a myriad of other small infractions is subject to job seekers allowance being stopped for a period of no less than 4 weeks and during that time the jobseeker still has to actively look for work otherwise they're not allowed back to sign on . At anyone time there's something like 5 per cent of jobseekers subject to sanction . And if nothing else this particular episode shows the traumatic strain on family life with no income

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24 October 1982 (UK) See more »

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