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The Plane Makers - Volume 3 [DVD]
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The prequel to ATV's celebrated boardroom drama The Power Game, The Plane Makers follows the fortunes of a leading airplane development company and its managing director, the ruthlessly ambitious John Wilder (Patrick Wymark). This series features guest appearances by, among others, Garfield Morgan, Geoffrey Chater, Anthony Newlands and Malcolm Tierney.
Scott Furlong Ltd. is primed to launch into the fiercely competitive world of government-backed military contracts, with the prototype development of the Predator - a supersonic, vertical-take-off fighter bomber. But in entering the supersonic rat-race, Wilder is embarking on a path of struggle and heartbreak that stretches to the corridors of Whitehall...
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The second series concerned itself with John Wilder's struggles to make a success of the Sovereign, Scott Furlong's commercial airliner. This has now been achieved but Wilder (Patrick Wymark) has never been content to rest on his laurels. He now sets his sights on breaking into the military market, with a revolutionary vertical fighter.
Just one problem with that, Wilder doesn't have a design for the fighter. But that's easily solved, as one of his competitors - Ryan Airframes - does. So in typically ruthless Wilder fashion, he takes over the company and inherits the fighter.
But together with the plane comes the brilliant, but awkward, designer David Corbett (Alan Dobie). Right from the start these two lock horns, and in the struggle for supremacy there can only be one winner.
Dominating this run of episodes, as he did in series 2, is Patrick Wymark. He's not in every episode, but even in the ones he doesn't appear in, Wilder looms large as the other characters are constantly wondering what he's up to and what he will think of the latest political maneuvering. And while you could never call Wymark's style of acting subtle, you can't help but enjoy his full-throttle performance. In order for Wilder to shine he needs people to rage against, and Alan Dobie is a good adversary for him, as is Peter Jeffrey as MP James Cameron Grant.
Series 3 is quite different from the previous two, as the focus of these episodes is almost entirely concerned with the struggles in the boardroom and in the corridors of Whitehall.Read more ›
Mere problems of a bad batch of goods are replaced with fully-manifested issues depending on potentially very expensive decisions. Not least of which for John Wilder is the unavoidable bringing-on-board of the fighter's designer, David Corbett. With this difficult part being excellently played to the limit of matter-of-fact dullness (that's a compliment, by the way) by the dry Alan Dobie, Corbett grows to display growing arrogance, wanting to see his pet project thrive to the bitter end. In so doing, his core value to the project what amounts to Scott-furlong's future sees him develop his first tentative steps in antagonising the business-savvy Wilder, through to a fully fledged war of attrition, in which he learns how to hound his quarry, though whether he learns fast enough to keep ahead is inevitably one of the more intriguing series' threads.Read more ›
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Bought all three volumes for a trip back in time for something I didn't see but aware off.
When acting was live and ridiculous how many cigarettes were smoked
Fantastic, all about when we had a really good manufacturing industry.Published 14 months ago by Alan Shepherd
This is the volume which introduces the character Corbett, played by Alan Dobie, and which has stayed in my memory since it was on TV. Brilliant.Published 24 months ago by Taraxacum
The complete series was wonderful to watch, brings back happy memories.
Good acting and storey line, Will be watching it again.
good scriptwriting, believable acting, no UNNECESSARY foul language. Today's scriptwriters would do well to study old series to see how they should do their job.Published on 18 Dec. 2013 by phil6079