3 September 2006 | bettywhait06
Prospects - The best TV series around
Prospects was a fantastic series shown on Channel 4 in 1986 over 12 weeks, (filmed all through 1985) and has become a cult series in its own right. Starring the late Gary Olsen and Brian Bovell, it also featured a host of well known British character actors. It followed the fortunes of 2 young men on the dole, who are desperate to hit the big time and make money using any scams or schemes going. Made by the same people behind Minder, writer Alan Janes penned all 12 episodes - and also wrote Minder episodes as well. For some bizarre reason, only one series was ever made - probably due to the fact that the show was repeated in 1987 on ITV in a prime time TV slot, but didn't get enough viewer ratings for the team behind it to make some more. It's a perfect slice of 80s comedy/drama, made so good by the incredible talent of Olsen who was perfect as Jimmy Pince. Episodes were as follows: 1. THE P TO S DAY: Pincy and Billy set up a dating company, as well as a burglar alarm fitting company, but as ever seem to spend all their time getting out of scrapes.
2. PARTNERS IN BRINE: Pincy has big dreams of setting up a marina theme park - not bad when you only have your dole cheque each week to live on.
3. UNCLE HARRY'S SYSTEM: Pincy thinks he has found a foolproof way to make money betting on greyhounds.
4. DIRTY WEEKEND: Pincy and Billy plan a camping holiday with their girlfriends 5. RODENT ENGINEERS: Pincy and Billy decide to start their own ratcatching business 6. STANDING ON YOUR OWN ONE FOOT: Pincy and Billy move into a new flat and have a run in with the would-be local councillor who happens to be a racist 7. SUBTERRANEAN PIG SICK BLUES: Pincy thinks he has stumbled on the perfect bank robbery, whilst also launching a scam involving dirty magazines 8. FRYING TONIGHT: Pincy and Billy get a job at the local chippy, and end up giving marriage guidance to the owner George.
9. FOUR MEN IN A BOAT: Pincy and Billy get casual work as waiters on a wedding boat 10. FOLLOW THE YELLOW BRICK LANE: Billy falls in love with the headstrong would-be pop star Bev 11. RUNNING ALL THE WAY PART ONE: Pincy and Billy get sent to prison after being fitted up by the police 12. RUNNING ALL THE WAY PART TWO: Pincy and Billy must decide between a life on the run or doing their time in prison This series is perfect for all those who think back wishfully to the great 80s of Thatcher's Britain, the show is hilarious and by the end of it you will identify so much with the main characters.