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"Armchair Theatre" was a British television drama anthology series, which ran on the ITV network from 1956 until 1968 in its original form, and was intermittently resurrected at various points during the 1970s. It was produced initially by ABC Television, and in the 1970s by ABC's successor company Thames Television. The word 'mystery' in the title was added to several early episodes.
Synopsis: Scripted by Hammer Horror scribe Jimmy Sangster. "The Big Deal" is a cut above the normal "Armchair Theatre" adaptation with it's well drawn characters and clever plot which asks questions about business ethics via an absorbing storyline. The theme is summed up in this line- Business scruples "get in the way of business."
The all powerful Sir Pierson Cale, rules his company with a rod of iron and is willing to tread on anyone who steps in his way. When tendering for a multi-million pound nuclear power project in Iran he realises his bid will be "too high" and he demands cost cutting of his underlings so they "shave off" at least half a million pounds from the figures. Cale's protege John Hamilton is given a special assignment of infiltrating rivals Britman's, who are the company best placed to undercut Cale's, and ensure Sir Pierson's firm submits the lowest bid by stealing the figure they are intending to bid and then under cut them.
Cast: William Franklyn (John Hamilton) - Edward Chapman (Sir Pierson Cale) - Diana Fairfax (Helen) - Paul Curran (Walter Britman) - Geoffrey Chater (Buldoon) - Joby Blanshard (Shaftsbury) - Olga Lowe (Miss Barclay) - Tenniel Evans (Andrews) - Anthony Sheppard (Cartier).
Production credit - ABC television (Associated British Corporation)
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