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06 November 2011 @ 08:33 pm
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Because you just know that Bodie is totally checking Van Neikerk out:-


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My manip, from two of sunray45

"Shut It!" has a lot to say about this episode. My favourite bits -

Notes: It's the little things that impress, like Martin Shaw's Afrikaans accent, and the early sequence on the plane and at the airport. The dummies in the Jag that crashes (the director even gives us a slow-motion sequence, just so that we can be absolutely sure) are horribly obvious; one of the heads falls off!

Doyle Cooks a Bit of Pasta: (honestly I'm not making these headings up!) He is close to completing a large jigsaw puzzle in the hotel room. Bodie offers Doyle a cheese and onion sandwich. "On white?" asks Doyle. Sensibly, he refuses it when told that it is "Well, sort of off-grey!"

Slash Fiction Moment: When Bodie arrives to collect Doyle in the Capri, Doyle gets to his feet, rubbing his arse. "Aw, you've banged your head," says Bodie, with mock concern. "I'll bang yours in a minute," is the predictable response. Bodie then reaches out of the car to pat Doyle's hip.

Non-PC Moment: Bodie adopts a thick Scouse accent when pretending to be a thief. So, it's easier to convince people that you're dishonest if you come from Merseyside...(although, as Bodie is supposed to come from Liverpool, maybe he knows what he's talking about.) is that ever established in the series as canon, though? My memory deserts me.
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Trepkostrepkos on November 6th, 2011 11:24 am (UTC)
He IS checking him out!

Does Doyle know?
miwahni: Pros ani explain without slash mixed doumiwahni on November 6th, 2011 12:30 pm (UTC)
Doyle doesn't care where Bodie gets his appetite, as long as he comes home to eat. And why would Bodie settle for something from the chippy when he has a gourmet feast at home? *g*
sc_fossil: Pros 3745 by NFDsc_fossil on November 6th, 2011 11:47 am (UTC)
I think Bodie's hoping he'll get dressed faster since he's not into cheap sex in dirty rooms with nasty blokes. He's much too posh for that. :)
miwahni: pros mixed doubles canonmiwahni on November 6th, 2011 12:31 pm (UTC)
What about some nasty sex in cheap rooms with dirty blokes? No wonder he and Doyle get on.
sc_fossil: Pros Mine by Katsc_fossil on November 6th, 2011 12:55 pm (UTC)
That has possibilities!

Do you know how long I've sat here and watched those cats? Good grief. That's funny.
miwahni: cats ping pongmiwahni on November 7th, 2011 10:16 am (UTC)
It's a real timewaster isn't it. I watch it over and over. And it's never, ever any different to the time before. *g*
Here, have an icon to watch instead....
The new Salopian: Bodieconstant_muse on November 6th, 2011 11:59 am (UTC)
I can't think now where it is established in canon that Bodie is from Liverpool, either.
He's 'Liverpool for the Cup' in 'Stirring of Dust', but in those days people from all over supported Liverpool.
Is it in the potted biography in 'The Rack'?

it's easier to convince people that you're dishonest if you come from Merseyside...
BUT Bodie wants to convince Mrs Hope that he is not dishonest. He is not an amoral criminal, but an honest bloke, a family man, who's down on his luck.

Probably she would be less likely to believe this story from a burglar if he sounded like a local. Instead, Bodie's Scouse plays on the stereotype of 'it's hard oop North' and northerners heading for London looking for work.

It is just awesomely quick thinking and coolheaded of Bodie to come up with that story on the spot. Even calling her bluff about the photo of the children. True A-Squad material.

'Slash Fiction Moment'- what magnificent innuendo, well done 'Shut It!'.
miwahni: pros B&D You'll Be All Rightmiwahni on November 6th, 2011 12:38 pm (UTC)
I went off and had a look at the episode transcripts, once you pointed me in the right direction, and you're right - he jokes about his "Liverpool Irish" background while Mather is examining him.

I don't think my definition of "honest" includes "breaking into a house with the intention of robbing it" - but Bodie has managed to rouse some sympathy from Mrs Hope through his hard-luck tale. I wasn't aware that there was a stereotype involved there, but I wouldn't put it past Bodie to use such a stereotype.
The new Salopian: Bodie leather gloveconstant_muse on November 6th, 2011 12:46 pm (UTC)
I love your cat and lads icon, btw!

You're right, I shouldn't've said 'honest', obviously breaking in and stealing is dishonest. Should've said 'deserving of sympathy/leniency' because he's basically a decent bloke who's been driven to dishonest behaviour.

hmm, maybe what they mean is that it's easier to pass yourself off as a common criminal if you sound Scouse, householder less likely to suspect you are in fact a secret agent.
miwahni: Pros cat bookmiwahni on November 7th, 2011 10:20 am (UTC)
The very talented and clever sunray45 made that icon for me, I love it! Also this one (points up).

basically a decent bloke who's been driven to dishonest behaviour.. That's how I thought he was playing it, too.

And maybe in the late 70s/early 80s all agents spoke Received Pronunciation? *g* Wonder if Bodie would have gone for a cockney accent if he had one....
Mab of the Antipodes: Bodie and Doylemab_browne on November 6th, 2011 06:35 pm (UTC)
i have to admit, as a young lass watching Pros all those years ago, that Van Niekirk in his smalls made quite an impression on me. :-)

Also, your kitty gif is hypnotic. :-)
miwahni: pros bedmiwahni on November 7th, 2011 10:15 am (UTC)
...Van Niekirk in his smalls made quite an impression on me. :-)
Can't imagine why! *g*

That kitty gif is a timewaster. I get sucked into watching it over and over again.
Readersiskiou on November 6th, 2011 09:21 pm (UTC)
Bodie is definitely looking, but his expression doesn't make me think he's particularly interested. Not a bad view, though. *g*

What's "Shut it" again? Sounds like fun to read!
miwahni: Pros backtrackmiwahni on November 7th, 2011 10:23 am (UTC)
He's comparing to Doyle, and finding Van Neikerk doesn't *quite* measure up!

"Shut It! A Fan's Guide to 70s Cops On The Box" is an episode-by-episode guide to The Sweeney as well as Pros. I picked my copy up on amazon.co.uk where you can still occasionally find a copy. There's another book with a similar name, though, so if you're looking, make sure you look for the one by authors Martin Day and Keith Topping. It really IS a fun read.