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Ryan - The Complete Collection

Ryan - The Complete Collection

Product Review (submitted on 26 July 2018):
Here we go again, with yet another thrilling instalment from the vast Crawford Tv Library,
namely the private eye series RYAN (1972-1973)
Whilst not a great series, RYAN was’nt a bad one either.
Some of the Scripts were penned by established writers, with good performances throughout, however the tendency to use the same actors is obvious, with some appearing in more than
2 episodes.

As RYAN was packaged as an ‘action’ drama, there was very little character development between the 3 leads.
We don’t know much about Michael Ryan, other than being an ex Victorian Police officer,
with 2 Russell Street contacts, namely Sergeants Ken Wade and Dan Cullen.

Ryan and Cullen have a love/hate relationship, in that he does’nt always approve of the way Ryan operates, but gives enough support in cases where Police help is necessary.
Unlike his other comrades, Ryan can be irritable and abrupt, however is a very honest man
who plays fair with his Clients.
Ryan’s offsider, Tony Angelini once worked as a Cabbie, however ends up gainfully employed
by Ryan and is a great support when needed. Angelini tried very hard to please his boss.

The delicious Pamela Stephenson plays Ryan’s Secretary, Julie King..a Blonde, suntanned babe
with a soft, seductive voice.
She made herself available after hours if Ryan needed help, however I’m puzzled about the kind
of relationship they had.

Ryan and King could be flirtatious together, however this tended to reduce as the series progressed, leaving us not knowing what could have been.
They obviously liked each other, however a romantic entanglement was never explored.
Apparently, King has been employed by Ryan for only a few months and apart from her stint
as a Nurse, we learn little else about her. Like Angelini, she tried hard to please her boss.

In line with an action based series, the VH Valiant Charger was a stand-out.
According to the different number Plates, there appears to have been 2 identical cars.
The one seen in the early episodes (LEY-737) had a severe dunking in a flooded roadway
and was probably written off and replaced by a second VH Charger.
‘Come the Liberation’ was a fitting title for the dunking episode.

All chase scenes were well staged by experienced Stunt drivers and on more than one occasion,
the poor Charger suffered its share of dents, as evidenced in the HOMICIDE episode
‘As simple as ABZ’.
As far as I know, RYAN was the only series in which the main characters appeared in an episode
of another show.

The Police office set from HOMICIDE makes an appearance in several episodes, negating the need
to build something new.
The thing that struck me most about Michael Ryan, was the amount of help and information
he got – no privacy laws to worry about here !.

In closing, RYAN was’nt an outstanding addition to the Crawford stable of Tv programs,
however the show was a welcome change from other Police dramas screened during the 1970’s.

TONY CROSSLEY.
(July 26th , 2018)

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