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Raffles – S01 E07 – with Anthony Valentine – Set a Trap to Catch a Cracksman


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.

This episode is adapted from the short story “A Trap to Catch a Cracksman“.

Cast members included John Stratton, Christopher Malcolm, Lloyd Lamble, and Carol Drinkwater. The director was John Davies


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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