News and updates for the Patrick Wymark Boardroom - a website about the Power Game actor.

Maintained by Harry Dobermann. Email me at harry@wymark.org.uk

The Switch

UpdatesPosted by Henderson Sat, August 11, 2018 13:23:03
In The Switch (26 January 1966) Sir John Wilder decides that Bligh Construction will buy one of its suppliers. Owner Joe Panton (Alfred Burke) is not impressed You can read more at http://www.wymark.org.uk/power7.html

and read more about Alfred Burke as Frank Marker at


UpdatesPosted by Henderson Tue, July 03, 2018 20:38:05
Derby, June 30 2018. A second convention celebrating the Gerry and Sylvia Anderson TV series UFO was held at the Quad. This time there was the bonus of an ultra-rare screening of the original release print of the Patrick Wymark movie Doppelganger.

Read our full report at http://wymark.org.uk/shado2.html

The Curtis Affair

UpdatesPosted by Henderson Sun, June 24, 2018 08:45:08
There was no new series of The Power Game in 1968, but on January 15 1968, ATV did broadcast The Curtis Affair a one-off play by Wilfred Greatorex.

While there are no characters from The Power Game in this play, it does pick up some themes from the previous series ( businessman Andrew Keir is accused of making excess profit on a Government contract). The play also starred Michael Jayston as ambitious MP Gerry Hackett - a year before he would join The Power Game as Lincoln Dowling.

The Game of Power

UpdatesPosted by Henderson Sun, June 17, 2018 16:57:42
In which we look at The Power Game Board Game

Youth Is Wasted on The Young

UpdatesPosted by Henderson Sun, June 03, 2018 15:57:40

A glimpse of what might have been - Youth is Wasted on The Young - Gerry Anderson's abortive sequel to Doppelganger scripted by Power Game editor Wilfred Greatorex. http://wymark.org.uk/youth.html

This Year's Girl - This Year

UpdatesPosted by Henderson Sun, May 27, 2018 10:22:54
Thanks to Hans, who was there at the time, we've been able to update our coverage of "This Years Girl", one of the "Four of Hearts" plays which Patrick Wymark made for ITV in 1965 while transitioning from "The Plane Makers" to "The Power Game".

In "This Years Girl" Wymark played a farmer devoted to his bulls and you'll be able to see some remarkable location photo's here

Psychopath on US BluRay

UpdatesPosted by Henderson Thu, February 08, 2018 22:43:57
The Psychopath the "disappeared" Amicus movie starring Patrick Wymark as a police inspector investigating a series of bizarre murders, is due to be released in a new 4K restoration in April. Only available in America, the disc from KL Studio Classics features extras such as a commentary by film historian Troy Howarth.
We can only hope some enterprising UK firm such as Eureka or Indicator will release this title in the UK. For more on The Psychopath go here

"Exorcist" at the Phoenix Theatre

UpdatesPosted by Henderson Sat, February 03, 2018 21:49:47

The Exorcist

Phoenix Theatre

Reviewed by Dr Terror

On my regular rail journeys to Bradley, the talk of every carriage is currently about which early seventies film smash will be next to appear on the London stage. The smart money is split between Earthquake and Dirty Harry.

Which brings us to the theatrical version of The Exorcist. Does it work? CAN it work? The answer, against all odds, is yes.

It works because the cast is a terrific one and no one ever sticks a tongue in their cheek and even thinks about sending it up. In spite of this, it's still a very close call. It's definitely a mistake to do the crucifix-as-dildo bit just before the interval. In fact, it's a mistake even to have an interval, something which fewer and fewer plays are doing now. The bar was consequently full of laughter and lewd re-enactment while the staff tried to flog an overpriced wine called The Velvet Devil.

And yet, despite all this frivolity, they pulled it off. My disbelief was suspended, no mean feat when you consider how ridiculous the plot is. Despite the sexual intentions behind the demon's possession of Regan being far more obvious here than in the film, nobody once queried whether there might be anything to fear in this regard from the priests themselves. Oh, and how about this: the demon talks with the voice of an uncredited Sir Ian McKellen?

So in spite of ALL of this, it still works. Peter Bowles in the title role, still widely thought of as a sitcom actor, exudes gravitas and compassion. Adam Garcia's Father Karras, now a fully-fledged 'psychiatrist-priest' (you don't find too many of them), and Jenny Seagrove 's despairing mother Chris both completely win our sympathy and Clare Louise Connelly as Regan is an absolute star.

And what, given whose website we're on, of Tristram Wymark playing Burke, the ill-fated film director (in fact, in this production, Regan predicts HIS death rather than that of a nervous astronaut)? The role is a bigger and more nuanced one than in the film. Although he's partly there as the light relief, his booze-addled mincing queen/tortured Catholic persona is never less than captivating - think Oliver Reed meets Larry Grayson meets Graham Greene - and there's something utterly fascinating about his resemblance to Patrick.

It was a tall order but it won me over 100%. In fact, I'll tell you this - and not just to annoy Mark Kermode (though, goodness knows, that's reason enough): it's better than the film.

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