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Who Dares Wins

‘All because the hostages love…’ This old SAS chestnut would be far better, we feel, if reimagined by Tony ‘Who Dares Wins’ Robinson, in Fat Tulip storytelling mode, leaping around an Iranian Embassy as he relates the intrepid adventures of a tortoise called Lewis Collins. As it is, we can only hope for Richard ‘Madigan’ Widmark, Edward Woodward, John ‘Triffids’ Duttine, Kenneth Griffith as Monsignor Bruce Kent (ish), Ingrid Pitt, Patrick Allen, Tony ‘MacLaren’ Osoba, and a news desk cameo from Anna Ford to keep us sane.



  1. Lee James Turnock

    September 14, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    “I thought it was a load of anti-American crap”. One eye on the US market, then?

  2. THX 1139

    June 18, 2018 at 12:00 am

    Lewis soooo wanted to be Roger Moore in this. And as we all know, what the CND actually desired was to set off a nuclear warhead – think about it, it makes perfect sense according to this. If you’re Ronald Reagan (who thought WDW was fab).

  3. Glenn Aylett

    May 2, 2020 at 10:01 am

    It was like Bodie rejoins the SAS and Lewis Collins playing Captain Skellern similar to how he played his other famous role from the time, an uncompromising tough guy with a dark sense of humour who charms the women, in this case a female terrorist. It had Ingrid Pitt in a small role as a German terrorist, so was another reason to watch.

  4. THX 1139

    May 2, 2020 at 2:15 pm

    Stewart Lee’s most hated film. He takes it apart tremendously in an article you can find online.

  5. richardpd

    May 2, 2020 at 3:48 pm

    Another film here I’ve never seen but turns up on TV a bit more often as many others here.

    • Glenn Aylett

      May 3, 2020 at 4:57 pm

      Used to be on ITV a lot after News At Ten. Obviously dated now with references to CND, the Cold War and skinheads starting a fight, but watchable because Lewis Collins is playing a bigger role, but still managing to act like Bodie in The Professionals, and Ingrid Pitt, John Duttine and Edward Woodward have decent roles.

  6. Sidney Balmoral James

    January 26, 2021 at 8:48 am

    Chiefly memorable for the fact that Lewis’ character is called Peter Skellen, as clearly his head crunching bad-ass SAS man has a lot in common with beige, ‘You’re A Lady’ singer Peter Skellern. Presumably a complete coincidence, but a bit distracting. Although not as much as if Bruce Willis’ character in Die Hard had been called Richard Stillgo.

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