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The Power Game: The Crunch (ITV 1 Feb 1966, with Jack Watling)



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 The Crunch it has become common knowledge that Sir John’s wife Pamela is having an affair with Frank Hagadan, a key member of the Bligh organisation. Caswell and Kenneth don’t particularly want the information to reach Wilder’s ears because Hagadan is a vital cog in a major new contract. Wilder (who has been having his own affair with Susan Weldon since the start of the series), initially doesn’t know who Pamela is involved with but is less than pleased when he discovers it is Frank. Wilder had personally chosen him for the job with Blighs.

Susan meanwhile sees the affair as an opportunity for Sir John to instigate divorce proceedings against his wife and agree to marry her.

For once things don’t go all Wilder’s way. Hagadan is a strong enough character to not take nonsense from anyone. He makes it plain that he will be staying at Blighs for the length of his contract but Wilder does have one trick up his sleeve. He gives Hagadan three weeks to finish the job he is working on and then will be transferring to the North African division.

classic quote
Frank Hagadan: There’s more people against you than there are for you. And most of them are in that room there. I could get a job in ten minutes under your nose. And they’d do it just to see the look on your face.

production details
UK / ITV – ATV / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Monday 1 February 1966 at 8.00pm

Writer: Peter Draper / Production Design: Trevor Paterson / Director: John Cooper

Series: The Power Game Season 1, Episode 8

Patrick Wymark as John Wilder
Barbara Murray as Pamela Wilder
Rosemary Leach as Susan Weldon
Peter Barkworth as Kenneth Bligh
Clifford Evans as Caswell Bligh
Jack Watling as Don Henderson
Norman Chidgey as Sir Louis Force
Ronald Mayer as Doorman
Salvin Stewart as Chauffeur
Ann Rye as Agnes
Rachel Herbert as Justine Bligh
George Sewell as Frank Hagadan
Keith Grenville as Bar Waiter
Conrad Monk as Restaurant waiter
Frank Littlewood as Sir George Kell
Trevor Griffiths as Party guest