Des has to adapt his plan to keep his son from getting killed. It keeps getting further adjusted every time he lets the lad into his true identity a little more. There are so many twists to the episode, all of them good and surprising, that I really can’t tell more without ruining it for you, so I won’t. Let’s just say that this episode alone is worth the price of admission.
As I watched the other episodes - I enjoyed them all, by the way - I couldn’t help but wonder if they were a rushed afterthought. I remember thinking that perhaps the original episode was written as more of a standalone TV movie. The producers, surprised to find the episode in the top five most watched shows of the year, decided to ride the horse a bit longer. I enjoyed the second episode, “A Royal Affair” and the fourth, “Old School Lies” the best while finding the third, “Old Gold”, while well done, the least engaging.
Having said that, the show is definitely a great vehicle for Sir David Jason. He gives Des a touch of sly wit and charm that makes the character so endearing. He appears to relish all the disguises and characters he gets to play here and it really shows off his ability and range.
The twists and turns will keep you guessing, David Jason will keep you engaged, and you will truly enjoy watching Rough Diamond.