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The Main Chance: Where Did I Leave My Shining Armour (ITV 19 July 1972)

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In Where Did I Leave My Shining Armour a new lawyer has joined the Leeds practice. Edward Ransome is a go ahead solicitor in the David Main mould leading, naturally enough, to a certain amount of friction between himself and Main. David, asked by Margaret, has allowed himself to get involved in Ransome’s latest case involving a nasty career criminal accused of murder.

Something of a rutting stags episode for David in this episode what with new blood in the Leeds office and the chance for Henry to become a court recorder (a kind of circuit judge), something considered quite an honour for a mere solicitor. In fact in this storyline nicely reflects a change in the law in 1971 that allowed solicitors to become judges.

It’s a typically strong episode though, David Main is such cool, fabulous character.

A good role for the excellent Stuart Wilson who is probably best known for his role in the superb The Old Men At The Zoo and there is also an appearance from Richard Easton who was just about to go on to a major role in as one of the key characters on The Brothers (which Margaret Ashcroft also became a regular on too.)

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“Never confuse me with a human being love, you’ll wake up screaming.”

production details
UK / ITV – Yorkshire / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Wednesday 19 July 1972 at 9.00pm

Writer: Edmund Ward / Production Design: Vic Symonds / Director: Marc Miller

The Main Chance Season Three Episode Seven

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John Stride as David Main
John Wentworth as Henry Castleton
Margaret Ashcroft as Margaret Castleton
Glynn Edwards as Walter Clegg
Estelle Kohler as Hilary
Stuart Wilson as Edward Ransome
Barbara Young as Hilda Walker
Peter Arne as Ernest Leggatt
Richard Easton as Dr Milner
Richard Burrell as Robert Varney
Hugh Moxey as Judge Daniel Belling


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