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Public Eye: The Fatted Calf (ITV 3 Mar 1975, with Alun Armstrong)



In The Fatted Calf Frank is asked by wealthy businessman Rupert Robinson to track down his son Giles who is supposed to be at university studying sociology. With his finals just a few weeks away Giles has become involved with a political activist group who are helping the workers get a better deal at a factory that just happens to be owned by Giles’ father.

Vince Gregon who runs the paper Worker’s Arise attached that is the main thrust of the to activist group has his own reasons for wanting Giles on board. He is using blackmail and bomb threats to make Rupert contribute serious money to his newspaper.

Frank takes something of a back seat in this episode, the machinations of the always excellent Alun Armstrong and his attempts to make his newspaper grow are the real heart of the story – even if it means resorting to foul means to do it.

Public Eye The Fatted Calf

Alun Armstrong (Vince), Jan Harvey (Janet) and Peter Settelen (Giles) plot their next move.

production details
UK / ITV – Thames / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Monday 3 March 1975 at 9.00pm

Writer: Brian Finch / Production Design: Alex Clarke / Director: Jonathan Alwyn

Series: Public Eye Season 7 Episode 9

Alfred Burke as Frank Marker
Alun Armstrong as Vince Gregson
Jan Harvey as Janet Frisby
Peter Settelen as Giles Robinson
Douglas Heard as Ricky Smedley
Ivor Roberts as Rupert Robinson
Joan Ogden as Housekeeper
Barbara New as Landlady