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TV Crime: The Knock – S01 E01 (1994) – “Win Some, Lose Some”


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Customs and Excise are overwhelmed when they are forced to deal with five concurrent cases. Firstly, Bill and the team organise a raid on an importer who is smuggling Heroin in from Jamaica via the postal service, but the suspect becomes less than co-operative when he tries to hide the evidence by swallowing it, causing him to have a severe reaction. Meanwhile, Diane and Eddie are on the trail of an illegal byplane seen landing in a small village outside Norfolk. They suspect it may have links to a smuggling ring, but a stake out proves to be less than fruitful. Bill is contacted by an old friend from Dutch customs, who are on the trail of another drug dealer, who is using an English courier to ferry his goods across the channel. They decide to fake an accident in order to lure the guilty parties into a honeytrap. Meanwhile, Gerry and Nicki go in search of a missing trader of rare antiques, only to stumble upon a collection of illegally imported coins, supposedly meant for wealthy conman George Webster. Back at the airport, Diane, Kevin and Eddie trail a Columbian woman and her associate who have taken drastic measures to resolve her dead husband’s debt to a violent Columbian gang.


The Knock is a British television crime drama, created by Anita Bronson and broadcast on ITV, which portrayed the activities of customs officers from the London City & South Collection Investigation Unit of HM Customs and Excise.[1] The series derived its name from the distinctive “Knock knock knock” command used over the radio to synchronise a raid.

Five series were broadcast from 10 April 1994, until 11 November 2000. The series had a rotating cast, with only a small number of cast members appearing throughout the series’ run. The only three cast members to appear in every series were Caroline Lee-Johnson, Trevor Byfield and Steve Toussaint. The series also adopted a number of different formats: while the early series interspersed various storylines and had running plots across the series; later series adopted a multi-part format resulting in two or three cases per series; while the final series adopted a stand-alone week by-week format.

The series was axed in 2001 following poor viewing figures for the final series. This was blamed on the loss of several main cast members, a change in the format and the overall look of the series which changed dramatically following an overhaul by ITV executives in 1999 MORE AT LINK

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