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Classic TV: Raffles – Anthony Valentine – #7 – Set a Trap to Catch a Cracksman


About the series

Raffles was a 1977 television adaptation of the A. J. Raffles stories by Ernest William Hornung. The series was produced by Yorkshire Television and written by Philip Mackie. The episodes were largely faithful adaptations of the stories in the books, though occasionally two stories would be merged to create one episode such as “The Gold Cup” which featured elements from both “A Jubilee Present” and “The Criminologist’s Club”. 

About this episode

At a party thrown by a sporting club, Raffles and Bunny meet Barney MacGuire, an ill-mannered boxing champion from America. MacGuire not only shows off his extravagant boxing trophies to them, but also boasts that he has a secret trap guaranteed to catch any thief who tries to steal them. Raffles takes the boast as a challenge, and decides to make the attempt alone. However, in the middle of the night of Raffles’s burglary attempt, Bunny receives a cryptic telephone call from Raffles, telling Bunny that he has been caught.

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