The Last Video Show

Written by Andrew Payne #7.5

Directed by Roy Ward Baker

Episode Overview

Arthur’s new videotape rental business runs into trouble when a video is accidentally returned showing known villain Jack Last and senior police officer Freddie Dyer in a compromising situation with some female company. Unaware that Arthur has the video, Last uses it to extricate himself from a charge that Dyer wants to make against him. When Dyer demands the tape and Last cannot provide it, the video business finds itself under threat. In the meantime Arnie is supplying Arthur with second-hand building materials that Arthur is selling on to Nigel, a local architect. When a witness identifies Arnie as the person who stole material from his site, Rycott sees his chance to finally nail Arthur.


Glynn Edwards as Dave, Ian McShane as Jack Last, Rula Lenska as Sandra Last, Brian Blessed as Freddie Dyer, Patrick Ryecart as Nigel, Peter Childs as DS Rycott, Ray Winstone as Arnie, Garfield Morgan as Supt. Mason, Michael Troughton as DC Melish, Tony Vogel as Det. Sgt. Bradshaw, David Arlen as Charlie, Ken Campbell as Seedy Customer, Emma Wray as Tracy, Milton Johns as Mr. Sinclair, Anthony Corriette as Arnie’s Echo, Jasper Jacob as Simon, Fraser Downie as Martin, Lee Walker as Customer, Paul Beringer as Plainclothes Officer


At 50m12s while Terry is talking to Melish at the police station a tall red-haired female police officer with a strong resemblance to Rula Lenska and with no connection to the story walks past and Melish says, ‘Bye, Sandy’. Terry glances behind and looks taken aback but continues in character. Was this some sort of in-house joke? In later years Ian McShane won the 2005 Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Television Drama for his role of historical figure Al Swearengen in the HBO series ‘Deadwood’.

Double Take

This is the last of three regular series appearances by Rula Lenska playing a different character each time. She had previously appeared in #3.7 The Birdman Of Wormwood Scrubs, #6.5 From Fulham With Love as well as #6.9 Number. This episode saw the fourth and last appearance of both Ray Winstone as Arnie and Garfield Morgan as Supt Mason. Arnie had previously appeared in #4.5 The Car Lot Baggers, #5.1 Goodbye Sailor and #5.3 A Number of Old Wives Tales and Superintendent Mason previously appeared in #6.7 Minder On The Orient Express, #7.0 An Officer & A Car Salesman and #7.1 It’s A Sorry Lorry Morrie.

Bloopers: Watch carefully for a Volvo parked outside Daley videos in this episode. The same car is parked in Sainsburys car park when Jack Last visits Dyer

Title: ‘The Last Picture Show’ – a 1971 American drama film adapted from a semi-autobiographical 1966 novel of the same name by Larry McMurtry.