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The Main Chance: No Names (ITV 22 May 1975)



In No Names Margaret persuades David to look into a case involving a wine company (of which Henry is a major shareholder) that may be being dishonest about the provenance of the wine they are selling.

Meanwhile Walter Clegg finds his own case when his sister and her family are the target of a group of estate tearaways. Things take a more serious turn when the boyfriend of his Denise’s young friend Linda takes matters into his own hands and is charged with assault.

A nice glimpse into Clegg’s private life in this episode, his sister and two young friends provide the main thrust of the plot.

The always dependable Gillian Raine plays Clegg’s sister Denise, probably best known for being married to Leonard Rossiter, Raine was never a major player but more a solid character player.

There was a 10 minute delay to the usual start time of 9.00pm thanks to a broadcast by the National Referendum Campaign as Britain geared up to vote on joining the European Economic Community. This broadcast looked at the No vote.

production details
UK / ITV – Yorkshire / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Friday 23 May 1975 at 9.10pm

Writer: Ray Jenkins / Production Design: Mary Rea / Director: Tony Wharmby

Series: The Main Chance Season 4 Episode 6

John Stride as David Main
Margaret Ashcroft as Margaret Castleton
John Wentworth as Henry Castleton
Glynn Edwards as Walter Clegg
Gillian Raine as Denise Clegg
Alison Hughes as Linda Mason
David Lincoln as Brian Ford
Peter Sandles as Terry
Martin Flynn as Keith
Anthony Sharp as Sir Martin Fulford
John Hartley as P.C. Lever
Eric Mason as Lorry Driver
Donald Douglas as Philip Betton
Brian Hawksley as Chairman of Magistrates’ Court
Sylvia Barter as Chairman of Juvenile Court