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Raffles – S01 E06 – with Anthony Valentine – The Last Laugh


About this episode

While enjoying a house party with Bunny, Raffles becomes infatuated with the house jewels, as well as with a mysterious Italian maid who works at the house. In his quest to steal a ring from the house, Raffles must avoid the close scrutiny of another party guest, Inspector Mackenzie. Later, in his quest to save the Italian maid from a forced marriage and send her to safety in America, Raffles must extract her from the clutches of the head of the Comorra.

This episode is loosely adapted from the short story “The Last Laugh“.

Cast members included Victor Carin as Inspector Mackenzie, Cyril Shaps as Pinelli, and Robert Lang as Count Corbucci. Marina Sirtis and Bruce Robinson were also members of the cast. The director was Jim Goddard.

About the Series

Raffles is a 1977 television adaptation of the Raffles stories by E. W. Hornung.[1] Set in Victorian era London, it features the criminal adventures of gentleman thief A. J. Raffles, a renowned cricketer, and his friend, the eager but naive Harry ‘Bunny’ Manders, as they test their skills in relieving the wealthy of their valuables whilst avoiding detection, especially from Inspector Mackenzie.

The series was produced by Yorkshire Television and adapted by Philip Mackie.[2]

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 two short stories, “A Jubilee Present” and “The Criminologist’s Club”

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