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Gary Wilson loses his factory job, retrains as a butler and under the patronage of a wealthy young woman finds success in the City.


David Wheatley


Andy Armitage


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Maloney ... Gary
Lynsey Baxter ... Elizabeth
Frank Mills ... Mr. Wilson
Jane Downs Jane Downs ... Mrs. Wilson
David Ryall ... Mr. James
Tim Dantay Tim Dantay ... Dave
Ralph Watson Ralph Watson ... Bernard
Robert Addie ... Guy
Nicholas Fry Nicholas Fry ... Michael
Ysanne Churchman ... Mrs. Grimshaw
Derek Newark Derek Newark ... Mr. Vernon
Wendy Seely Wendy Seely ... Mrs. Vernon
Ann Aris Ann Aris ... June
Lottie Ward Lottie Ward ... Madge
Guy Manning Guy Manning ... Lance


Gary Wilson loses his factory job, retrains as a butler and under the patronage of a wealthy young woman finds success in the City.

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28 September 1988 (UK) See more »

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22 August 2012 | by kevin-456-727742See all my reviews

An inspiration on how a person from ordinary roots with native intelligence,can overcome education and background obstacles to rise to any height. Also a perfect summation of the false and the superficial in the eighties Thatcher era, when 'Service' was the new economy instead of manufacturing. Irony when the hero, who exploits the idiocies of class and snobbery to rise above them, is showing a coach full of Japanese around...but that spoils the story.

There are multiple sub-plots to savour, a bitter friend who fails where Gary succeeds and turns up later to poke barbs at his venality in swimming in that sea. The decadence of the girlfriend from the upper classes who uses him, then is used in turn.

I would dearly like to get hold of the original or a decent resolution file of this play, to treasure and whenever feeling fed up, play again.

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