Ken Boon
Created by Jim Hill and Bill Stair

"Ex- fireman seeks interesting work--ANYTHING LEGAL CONSIDERED"

Boon was an easy-going, light-hearted U.K. drama about a prematurely-retired firefighter, KEN BOON, who becomes a sort of freelance troubleshooter, and later, an official private eye in the British Midlands. Middle-aged Ken finds himself out of work after his lungs are damaged in a rescue attempt, so he sets himself up as a freelance troubleshooter. Harry Crawford, ken's friend and former colleague, an ambitious, scheming and slightly pompous hotelier, lends his old buddy office space in his hotel in Birmingham.

Ken put on a good show at being a leather-clad tough guy, astride his red and silver BSA 650 motorbike, 'White Lightning', but it belied a romantic streak that "read Raymond Chandler detective stories and day-dreamed about being a modern-day Lone Ranger," and wasprone to wearing his heart on his sleeve.

By the beginning of the second season, Harry had acquired a larger hotel, and Ken had set up a motorcycle dispatch company, employing two assistants, Rocky Cassidy and Debbie Yates. In the fourth season, the action had switched to Nottingham, where Harry had landed a gig managing the classy Woodcote Park, a hotel and country club, and Ken had founded Boon Investigations, with Harry as a more or less silent partner. By the next year, Ken and Harry were full-fledged partners, running Crawford-Boon Security (CBS), with Harry handling the burglar alarm and security guard side of the business.

The series proved to be immensely popular with fans, running for several years, largely due to Michael Elphick's charisma, the warm blend of humour and drama, and the ongoing lives of the ever-expanding cast of characters, as they fell in and out of love. The show's title song, "Hi Ho Silver", recorded by Jim Diamond, even reached number 5 in the Charts in 1986.

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Report respectfully submitted by Kevin Burton Smith.


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