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Brett (BBC-1 1971, Patrick Allen, Hannah Gordon)

Brett

H. Thomas Brett is a businessman who thrives on getting exactly what he wants, until the day he gets a wake up call that causes him to reflect back upon his life.

Patrick Allen plays Brett in this over looked drama series. The central conceit is that, over the course of it’s 19 episodes, most of the story is traced in flashback.

Brett actually started out as a journalist on Welsh newspaper The Aberyswen Gazette before writing a novel that took him to Hollywood to work on the movie version. He quickly tires of the Hollywood machine though and decides to head to central America. It is here he meets and marries very wealthy American Carline Fleming whose father runs the Fleming Corporation.

Offered the chance to take of the running of the company Brett instead returns to Britain to start building his own fortune. By the end of the series Brett is heading for a fall.

This was a well made series whose writers included the fab Michael J. Bird, Elwyn Jones and Donald Bull. Guest stars included the likes of Peter Bowles, Fulton Mackay, Windsor Davies, Glyn Houston, Lynette Davies, Anthony Ainley, Stephanie Turner and Richard Vernon.

production details
UK / BBC One / 19×50 minute episodes / Broadcast 19 April – 23 August 1971

Creators: Compton Bennett, Derek Glynne / Script Editor: John Maynard / Producer: Royston Morley

cast
Patrick Allen as Brett
Robin Bailey as Nick
Jean McFarlane as Lois
Hannah Gordon as Francoise

THE EPISODES
1. INVESTMENT – LONG TERM (19 Apr 71)
2. THE MOSES BASKET (26 Apr 71)
3. TRIAL OF STRENGTH (3 May 71)
4. THE RUINED VALLEY (10 May 71)
5. FOR POLITICAL AND PUBLIC SERVICES (17 May 71)
6. FIT TO PRINT (24 May 71)
7. A WHOLE NEW WORLD (31 May 71)
8. THE HOLLOW MEN (7 Jun 71)
9. THE SAXBY ROUTE (14 Jun 71)
10. THE STREETS OF LAREDO (21 Jun 71)
11. THE DAY OF THE DEAD (28 Jun 71)
12. WELCOME TO THE CITY (5 Jul 71)
13. NEVER SQUEEZE A CHERRYSTONE (12 Jul 71)
14. THE TRUMP CARD (19 Jul 71)
15. FULL CIRCLE (26 Jul 71)
16. THE RIGHT TIME FOR A KILLING (2 Aug 71)
17. TAKE A LONG SPOON (9 Aug 71)
18. ALL THE KING’S HORSES… (16 Aug 71)
19. AND ALL THE KING’S MEN (23 Aug 71)