Episodes

Man At The Top: Too Good For This World (ITV 4 Jan 1971)

In Too Good For This World Joe’s latest job sees him working for a company whose head is neighbour friend Tom Binsey, he is unsure what to do when he discovers that Tom has been taking back handers in order to finance his wife’s extravagant lifestyle. Binsey’s assistant (who is like a younger version of Joe) wants his job and provides Joe with all the evidence he needs however Joe is uneasy about the whole thing and wants to do the right thing by Tom. After he hands in his resignation things take a decidedly tragic turn for Tom.

A different side of Joe Lampton is on display in this episode, he actually seems to care about what happens to Binsey (played by the fab Michael Bates) and goes out of his way to make sure he is looked after. The best scene though is between Binsey and his wife as she tells him how it is and how she has a real man to take care of her anyway.

classic quote
“ask Eva for anything you want”
“she might get a shock”

production details
UK / ITV Network – Thames / 1×60 minute episode / Broadcast 4 January 1971

Writer: John Braine / Production Design: Patrick Downing, Stan Woodward / Director: Reginald Collin

Man At The Top Season One Episode Three

guest cast
MICHAEL BATES as Tom Binsey
CAROLINE BLAKISTON as Maureen Binsey
GAWN GRAINGER as Toby Marlcliffe
BASIL HENSON as Ray Torver
JAMES DONNELLY as Teddy Soames
PETER BETON as Jerry Bodine
FRANCES TOMELTY as Denise
CHLOE FRANKS as Monica