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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) 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)


The Power Game: The Man With Two Hats (ITV 13 Jun 1966, with Rachel Herbert)



In The Man With Two Hats, Caswell returns home early from his holiday in Barbados to discover that Sir John is making some wholesale changes to Bligh Construction. He has arranged for a public relations consultant to work on the company’s image and has also brought in an auditor to investigate a series of payments made by the company to the Conservative Party. Sir John thinks the discovery will finally make Caswell hand in his resignation. However, it turns out that it is Kenneth who has been arranging for the donations – part of his long term plan should he decide to enter politics.

This and the final episode of the season returned to ITV after an almost three month gap. The General Election got in it’s way. This story should have been seen on 1 March (the day after Harold Wilson announced the date of a General Election) and because the plot line involved Bligh Construction making long standing donations to the Conservative Party it was felt that it would be better to withdraw the episode until after the election.

Series creator Wilfred Greatorex was not impressed saying ‘the political content of the programmes was intended to balance out over the whole series. This programme was designed to balance out an earlier one in which Kenneth’s father, Caswell Bligh was seen seeking adoption as a Labour Party candidate.’

classic quote
John’s rivals take winter holidays at their peril; they come back and find there’s been an avalanche.

production details
UK / ITV – ATV / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Monday 13 June 1966 at 8.00pm

Writer: Wilfred Greatorex / Production Design: Trevor Paterson / Director: John Cooper

Series: The Power Game Season 1, Episode 12

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
Ian Holm as Sefton Kemp
Ralph Michael as Gillingham
Rachel Herbert as Justine Bligh
Fred McNaughton as Bisset
Eric Dodson as Davis
Michael Goodliffe as Geoffrey Packard
Norma Ronald as Miss Lingard
John Scott Martin as Bernard
Lockwood West as Hon. Member
Anthony Newlands as Alan Norton
Marilyn Gothard as Dierdre
Adrian Drotsky as Howard
Janice Hoy as Amanda
David Aldridge as Paul
Sidney Dench as Stan Calder

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