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The Power Game - Series 1 [1965] [DVD]


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  • Actors: Patrick Wymark, Barbara Murray, Ann Firbank, Peter Barkworth, Jack Watling
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Network
  • DVD Release Date: 14 Feb 2005
  • Run Time: 650 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00079ZBA8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 31,058 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Complete first series of the British television drama, set in the boardrooms of big business and high finance, as ambitious and ruthless managing director John Wilder (Patrick Wymark) lets nothing stand in the way of his growing business empire. Includes all 13 episodes: 'The New Boy'; 'Lady for a Knight'; 'Hagadan'; 'The Politician'; 'Point of Balance'; 'Saturday's Women'; 'The Switch'; 'The Crunch'; 'Late Via Rome'; 'Persons and Paper'; 'Trade Secrets'; 'The Man With Two Hats' and 'Confound Their Politics'.

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29 of 29 people found the following review helpful By "jamesdfbeeching" on 22 May 2005
Format: DVD
This series was one of the top rated shows of its day, and even 40 years on it's not hard to see why. This is an intelligent, layered drama which requires you to watch and pay attention, not just view, and repays your effort with a gripping storyline - will Sir John Wilder get the better of his business rivals and colleagues or will they pull him down - and fine acting from all involved. Patrick Wymark is superb playing a hard-nosed, utterly ruthless tycoon who claws his way to control of civil engineering firm Bligh Construction, tramples on the opposition and sleeps with a senior secretary on the National Export Board to gain sensitive business information. He is still human enough however to elicit the viewer's sympathy when his wife decides that what is sauce for the goose is sauce for the gander and begins a liaison with one of Wilder's top engineers. Peter Barkworth is also excellent as the heir apparent to Bligh's, who is nonetheless in mortal danger of being swept away by Wilder's overweening ambition. The second series is out soon, and let's hope that the third and final season also gets an airing along with the original series The Plane Makers. Watching this, it is clear that Wymark's tragic early death in 1970 cost this country one of its finest actors. Unmissable.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By alewis41 on 24 Nov 2007
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A 40+ year old ATV TV series in Black & White, about a construction company - What's to like?

A great deal, actually. Excellent scripts with arch dialogue, terrific cast and wonderful performances. It's a gripping series and you can't wait to see what happens next.

Look out for the number of cigarettes smoked and the alcoholic drinks consumed - quite extraordinary.
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By Harry on 7 Nov 2011
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A 1960s Black & White series of business intrigue and ruthlessness. Well acted, photographed on a very limited range of locations but populated by a most engaging range of characters.
Strongly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By H. Golder on 29 Aug 2014
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Prompt delivery, very reasonable price & in good condition. Thanks.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By One view on 16 Aug 2007
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A rare piece of telvison drama that is accessable and intreguging engough to hold the casual viewer as well as engage viewers looking for something more substancle and layered then the usual soap opera faire.
The series can be viewed as a bunch of stand alone epesodes each with the underyling power game between Bligh and Wylder each gaining the upper hand over one another at some point ablit temporily.

It is so refreshing to see something that is free from cliche and sterotypical characters a class apart.
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