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The Power Game: Trade Secret (ITV 21 Feb 1966, with Ralph Michael)



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 Trade Secret Sir John gets some very valuable information about Caswell Bligh, information that could guarantee his resignation from the export board (something the series has been building up to for the whole season really). Caswell had, some years before, set up a paper company to get round an American blacklist about shipping heavy duty industrial machinery to certain African countries. The deal basically involves Caswell selling machinery to himself.

In a nice twist, having handed in his resignation, Caswell is told in no uncertain terms that his resignation won’t be accepted. The minister in overall charge of the board has no intention of allowing any upset or anyone to rock the boat. A rare case of things not quite going Sir John’s way.

The TV Times of the week had an exclusive short story written by Anthony Davis (based on meetings with series creator Wilfred Greatorex) about how Sir John Wilder met Pamela.

production details
UK / ITV – ATV / 1×50 minute episode / Broadcast Monday 21 February 1966 at 8.00pm

Writer: Peter Draper / Production Design: Lewis Logan / Director: Quentin Lawrence

Series: The Power Game Season 1, Episode 11

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
Llewellyn Rees as Minister
Mark Burns as P.P.S.
Jack Carlton as The Speaker
Philip Brack as James Fielding MP
Fred Ferris as Paul Budge
Rachel Herbert as Justine Bligh
Robert Raglan as Fulton
Philip Madoc as Ted Newark
Anthony Roye as Leash
Peter Hoar as Ashton