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The Power Game: Nothing’s Free (ITV 28 Sep 1966, with Eric Porter)



The Power Game Patrick Wymark as Sir John Wilder flanked by the two women in his life. His wife Pamela (played by Barbara Murray) and his mistress Susan Weldon (Rosemary Leach)

In Nothing’s Free, the opening episode of the second season, Sir John Wilder’s six month tenure as Britain’s Special Envoy to the Common Market is at an end and he has returned a week early (as usual without letting anyway know what he is up to.)

Wilder has lined up a major deal with the Italian that could be worth millions to the British economy. Not every one is happy at the idea of forming a consortium with opposition companies in Europe.

The National Export Board is still occupying a lot of mental energy for both Caswell and Sir John. Both of them have discovered that current chairman Gillingham is being forced out and that Wilder is number one pick to take his place. Barbara has kept the news from John and has instead told Caswell, she believes if John does become Chairman she will be forced off the board and wants to line up a job at Blighs instead. Meanwhile, Charles Grainger, a politician colleague of Wilders, has let it be known that the NEB is to be downgraded and subsumed into other government departments, making the chairmanship somewhat pointless.

As is usually the case where Wilder is concerned he manages to turn the situation to his own advantage.

For the start of the new season we have the same title sequence but a quicker paced rearrangement of the season one theme tune.

production details
UK / ITV – ATV / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Wednesday 28 September 1966 at 8.00pm

Writer: Edmund Ward / Production Design: Don Fisher / Director: Peter Moffatt

Series: The Power Game Season 2, Episode 1

Patrick Wymark as John Wilder
Clifford Evans as Caswell Bligh
Peter Barkworth as Kenneth Bligh
Jack Watling as Don Henderson
Rosemary Leach as Susan Weldon
Barbara Murray as Pamela Wilder
Norma Ronald as Miss Lingard
Eric Porter as Dr Erik Vrieling
Robin Bailey as Charles Grainger
Elma Soiron as Miss Sgier
Michael Reubens as Pageboy
Nita Moyce as Miss Tillingshed