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Dated but nostalgic.
on 25 October 2012
I bought this dvd as I vaguely remember watching 'Man at the Top' years ago in the early 70s. However I cannot remember anything about these episodes, so I reckon I may be mistaking it for the series two made in 73 where he drives a Jenson Interceptor. I am a car fan and I enjoy these old 50s, 60s, 70s dramas for the fanatstic old cars, the lack of traffic on the roads and the general way we seemed to live back then, life seemed so much slower. Man at the top Joe Lampton lives in London in a large family house he just paid £18k for, he drives an Aston Martin he bought for £6k and would be considered a high flying, bird pulling, outright success in the corporate world.
The stories are good, but the sets are so fake and the scenes shot without good direction. Kenneth Haigh and the late Zena Walker were both great actors in the class of that 'angry young men' period and it's abundance of great actors, Alan Bates, Judi Dench, Finney, the Redgrave sisters, Tom Courtnay and the list goes on and on. Both Haigh and walker pop up in loads of 60s and 70s films and were prolific in the theatre. A great bunch of supporting actors are also great, the lovely Ann Lynn as sexy as ever, Basil Henson, Michael Bates, Hugh Paddick etc, but it seems this first series was done on a shoe string budget. I am going to buy the next series and enjoy the watching the whole saga. I have enjoyed it so far, but I don't think it I could recomend it to anyone under 50.
An interesting point watching this, if Joe had stuck the car in the garage and we move forward 40 years, we are looking at a £2.5 million house and a classic car worth at least £100k. If only us oldies had known.