Episodes

Wilde Alliance: Danny Boy (ITV 21 Feb 1978 with Ed Bishop)

UK / ITV Network – Yorkshire / 1×60 minute episode / Broadcast: Tuesday 21st February 1978 @9.00pm

Writer: Ian Mackintosh / Production Design: Peter Caldwell / Director: Bob Hird

Series: The Wilde Alliance / Episode 6 of 13

“If you were any slower you’d be in the last century”

In Danny Boy Rupert and Amy are meeting an American producer who wants to turn one of Rupert’s books into a film but Rupert is concerned about the wholesale changes he wants to make to the plot. Adding to the drama is Rupert’s obsession with a gangster type he sees in a hotel restaurant, he is convinced there is a story to be told about the man and when he then sees him again at the airport watching the arrival of an American singer he is sure of it. He persuades his agent Christopher Bridgewater to look into the man’s background for him…

It’s amazing how many of these 1970’s shows Ed Bishop pops up in, surely one of the most in demand actors of the decade thanks in no small part to his strong accent that see him as first choice whenever an American or Canadian is required.

Also As the series progresses John Lee’s role as Bridgewater gets a little more substantial, he works nicely as a foil for some of Rupert’s more extravagant ideas too. Tasmanian born Lee actually had quite a strong career both in the UK and in Australia, throughout most of the 1970’s he was based in Britain but quite soon after the end of The Wilde Alliance returned to Australia.

guest cast
JOHN LEE as Christopher Bridgewater
ED BISHOP as Wingman
JACQUIE SULLIVAN as Carole
DAVID KING as Benedict
LEON LISSEK as Hank
PATRICK JORDAN as Adler
TONY GOODALL as Diner
NORMAN GEORGE as Violinist