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

Margaret Johnston - before Mrs Von Sturm

UpdatesPosted by Henderson Tue, August 28, 2018 00:23:27
Before Robert Bloch ever conceived of The Psychopath, Patrick Wymark and Margaret Johnston worked together at the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre (what would later become the Royal Shakespeare Company).

In 1956, Australian actress Margaret Johnston joined the company under Anthony Quayle. She won critical acclaim for her bespectacled, jokey Portia in The Merchant of Venice opposite Emlyn Williams as Shylock. Patrick Gibbs of The Daily Telegraph remarked on her "gay, girlish figure, with a personality all her own." Ivor Brown of The Observer complimented her performance in the trial scene, "with a playful assumption of the learned legalist" keeping a smile beneath her spectacles.

Johnston earned praise as Desdemona opposite Harry Andrews' Othello, for her "refreshingly independent air of femininity." She also won admirers in Anthony Quayle's final production for the Shakespeare Memorial Theatre. As Isabella in Measure for Measure, Johnston was acclaimed for the captivating sincerity of her playing opposite Emlyn Williams as Antonio and Anthony Nicholls as the Duke.
Patrick Wymark also appeared in Measure for Measure once again playing the comic role - this time as Pompey, the pimp who is arrested and imprisoned but is offered his freedom if he will help the overworked Executioner.

Ironically, the themes of Measure for Measure are similar to those of The Psychopath - deception, disguise, injustice and abuse of power, although Wymark and Johnston would play very different roles in the movie.


UpdatesPosted by Henderson Sat, August 18, 2018 17:04:47
1 May 1969 - the Broadway premiere of Hamlet, starring Nicol Williamson with Patrick Wymark as Claudius and Constance Cummings as Gertrude.

Tony Richardson's production at the Roundhouse in Camden had earned much praise, with Williamson winning an Evening Standard award. Read more about the American transfer at http://wymark.org.uk/hamlet.html

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

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