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The Main Chance: The Professional (ITV 2 Jul 1969)



In The Professional David is up in Yorkshire helping Henry on the details with a large industrial company take-over. It’s all going smoothly until Charles Ian Grady, a professional agitator and trouble maker, decides to create trouble. One of the men working for the company is seriously, Grady thinks he can prove it is thanks to the working methods employed by the company. David has to prove otherwise.

Such was the strength of Anthony Bate’s performance as Grady he gained his own spin off series, the self titled Grady, which aired for three episodes in 1970.

Whilst still in Yorkshire David also tries to persuade Sarah to spend the night with him but she refuses. Despite admitting that she would like to. Kate O’Maria’s Julia doesn’t appear in this episode.

classic quotes
“I don’t want an orthodox solicitor here. I want a fast, legal, hatchet man.”
“Keen aren’t you. All bright and shiny. Like something a kid finds in a cornflake packet.”

production details
UK / ITV – Yorkshire / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Wednesday 2 July 1969 at 9.00pm

Writer: Edmund Ward / Director: John Frankau

Series: The Main Chance Season 1 Episode 3

John Stride as David Main
John Wentworth as Henry Castleton
Anna Palk as Sarah Courteney
John Arnatt as Sidney Bulmer
Richard Wyler as Tim Cowley
Jack Woolgar as Arthur Litchfield
Anthony Bate as Charles Ian Grady
John Garrie as Ernest Paxton
Marjorie Rhodes as Ruth Paxton
Michael Gover as James Earnshaw
Michael Beint as George Seager
Walter Sparrow as Joe Philips, Site foreman
Stuart Saunders as Back copies salesman