The Psychopath PodcastUpdates

Posted by Henderson Tue, February 12, 2019 18:43:45

Blog imageA mysterious assassin killing members of a wartime commission, leaving dolls with their likenesses in his wake! Patrick Wymark stars as the detective investigating the case in a script by Robert Bloch. Tonight we discuss the Amicus horror movies, The Psychopath with Dr Terror in our new 26 minute podcast. You can hear it here

Danton's DeathUpdates

Posted by Henderson Sat, February 02, 2019 20:06:02

Blog imageJanuary 25th 1959 - Patrick Wymark starred in Danton's Death at the Lyric, Hammersmith. Georg Buechner's play was adapted by James Maxwell (who appeared in the play and would later play Colin Townley in The Power Game ). Wymark starred as the French Revolutionary leader who later became a victim of the guillotine. Harold Lang played Robespierre and Patrick McGoohan played St Just. Read more here

Special Envoy: A New world of WildersUpdates

Posted by Henderson Wed, October 31, 2018 07:06:34

It appears that Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt is a fan of The Power Game. News emerges this morning that he plans to appoint business leaders as Ambassadors.

Blog imageThis, of course, replicates the situation in the third series of The Power Game : Special Envoy (1969) where Patrick Wymark as Sir John Wilder is appointed Ambassador for Special Situations and Trade. http://www.wymark.org.uk/power942.html

The ChampionsUpdates

Posted by Henderson Tue, October 30, 2018 22:45:34

Wednesday 30th October 1968: Patrick Wymark guest stars in "Operation Deep Freeze", an episode of "The Champions" premiered on this day on ATV and Yorkshire TV (the episode was screened on other days across the country).

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Wymark played a South American dictator setting off nuclear bomb tests from a secret base in Antarctica and was quoted as complaining that, "I don't know why nobody ever gives me comedy roles on television. I've done more comedy on the stage than drama. See more at http://www.wymark.org.uk/champ.html

Don't Stick Your Head OutUpdates

Posted by Henderson Sat, October 13, 2018 22:45:31

Blog imageIngrid Hafner stars as Wilder's mistress, Kate Barber in "Don't Stick Your Head Out", the 14 October 1963 episode of "The Plane Makers". Arthur Sugden is mystified as to why Wilder insists that he come along on a sales trip to Italy.

A Question of SourcesUpdates

Posted by Henderson Sun, September 30, 2018 22:23:20

Blog imageWhen a newspaper exposes a design flaw in the new Sovereign aircraft, John Wilder demands action from Technical Director Tom Bancroft (Douglas Muir). But the solution is threatened by conflict between a security officer and one of Bancroft's technicians. "A Question Of Sources" is the 30 September 1963 episode of "The Plane Makers" http://wymark.org.uk/plane3.html

Bonkers: Invaders & MindreaderUpdates

Posted by Henderson Sat, September 08, 2018 10:02:16

With Network's BONKERS sale extended to 17 September, you have another chance to buy the Complete Power Game DVD set for £10. You can also get Man of the World for 34.00 which includes the episode The Mindreader starring Patrick Wymark and Juliet Mills.

Blog imageYou can also buy the Armchair Theatre Archive disc for £4 which includes the 1963 play The Invasion by Angus Wilson starring Patrick Wymark.

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Power Game Bonkers Sale!Updates

Posted by Henderson Wed, September 05, 2018 22:34:23

The Complete Power Game DVD Box set, comprising all three series, is currently on sale for £10 extended to 17 September in Network's "Bonkers" sale.

Blog imageThe question was posed today: "Do I need to watch The Plane Makers" before I watch "The Power Game". Interesting question. My answer is "No, it's not imperative." The first episode of "The Power Game" has conversations which refer back to the final episode of "The Plane Makers". They give you enough information to get an idea of what happened in the past. You would probably get extra value from having seen "The Plane Makers" but it doesn't really hurt to have not seen them (When "The Power Game" DVD's were first released, "The Plane Makers" weren't available on DVD).
More importantly, "The Power Game" was written as a standalone series, taking the continuing characters into a totally new situation.
And if you do want to know what happened in "The Plane Makers" we have an episode guide here.