The Main Chance: World of Silence (ITV 25 April 1975)

In World of Silence David is informed that he has been reported to the Law Society and will have to defend his actions – it’s a serious matter and if things don’t go his way he could be struck off. David stands accused of condoning the theft of a blood sample by Walter Clegg to prove that the driver in the fatal crash involving David’s wife Hilary and son was over the limit. This is true, David in his grief did condone the theft so it’s going to be difficult to come away with a positive result.

Meanwhile he has still keep taking on cases and in Leeds prominent business Lord Arkwright persuades David to take on a case involving the working conditions of a company called Barside Engineering – conditions that have led to the death of one of their workers. The noise levels within the company are so high that many of their workers are completely deaf within a couple of years. This has led directly to the death of one of their employees in a fire.

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Despite being unable to work for Main any longer Clegg is still involved in the Barside Engineering investigation by working for Lord Arkwright at David’s behest. Unfortunately for David his hearing goes badly and he is struck off.

The brilliant Denis Lill makes the first of several appearances this season as fellow solicitor Stephen Howard who is presiding over the case involving David and the Law Society. Frederick Treves is also back as the odious Simon Rimsey the solicitor who acted for truck driver George Duncan who was responsible for killing David’s wife and child in a car crash.

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classic quote
“I’m an ex-copper, I collect facts like other people sing in the bath.”

production details
UK / ITV – Yorkshire / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Friday 25 April 1975 at 9.00pm

Writer: Edmund Ward / Production Design: Malcolm Middleton / Director: Derek Bennett

Series: The Main Chance Season 4 Episode 2

John Stride as David Main
Margaret Ashcroft as Margaret Castleton
John Wentworth as Henry Castleton
Glynn Edwards as Walter Clegg
Denis Lill as Stephen Howard
Ronald Radd as Lord Arkwright
Eve Pearce as Joan Brockford
Martin Leroy as Ernest Brockford
Richard Hampton as William Eversley
Andrew Lane as Percy Roper
Gerald Sim as Rufus Mansfield
Frederick Treves as Simon Rimsey
Paul Arlington as James Ogmore
John Moore as Coroner

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