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An Independent Man 







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Series cast summary:
George Cole ...  Freddie Patterson 7 episodes, 1995
Mel Martin ...  Linda Patterson 7 episodes, 1995
George Asprey ...  Tony Patterson 7 episodes, 1995
Alphonsia Emmanuel Alphonsia Emmanuel ...  Sally Peyton 7 episodes, 1995
Joanne Engelsman Joanne Engelsman ...  Sharon 7 episodes, 1995
Karl Johnson ...  Bill Rutherford 7 episodes, 1995
Rachel Victoria Roberts Rachel Victoria Roberts ...  Zoe 7 episodes, 1995
Arturo Venegas Arturo Venegas ...  Alberto 7 episodes, 1995
John Warnaby John Warnaby ...  Geoffrey Grant 7 episodes, 1995
Phyllida Hancock Phyllida Hancock ...  Jane Munro 5 episodes, 1995
Joseph Kpobie ...  Otis 5 episodes, 1995
David Simeon David Simeon ...  Mayor Norton / ... 5 episodes, 1995
Linda Henry Linda Henry ...  Julie Read / ... 4 episodes, 1995
Penny Morrell Penny Morrell ...  Mrs. Bamford 4 episodes, 1995
Jacey Salles ...  Yvonne 4 episodes, 1995
Viva Duce Viva Duce ...  Helen 3 episodes, 1995
Sally Faulkner Sally Faulkner ...  Tory Councillor / ... 3 episodes, 1995
Julie Smith Julie Smith ...  Clare / ... 3 episodes, 1995
Jane van Hool Jane van Hool ...  Polly 3 episodes, 1995


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A good cast, intelligent scripts and a joy to behold.
24 January 1999 | by webboSee all my reviews

Freddie Patterson is the independent man, an owner of a string of hairdressing salons who is elected to the local council in a London borough where he holds the balance of power between the Labour and Conservative factions. A little like Mr Smith going to Washington, he shows himself to be not as simple as his opponents wish, and usually manages to thwart their schemes. In his business and political life, he's assisted by his wife (the very lovely Mel Martin), his bookie/restauranteur, a gritty local journalist and a few others. The unfortunate villains are the Labour and Tory leaders on the council, who set aside their differences to work together with the aim of nobbling Freddie.

Like Arthur from "Minder", Freddie ends up ahead of the game, but mostly due to his smart footwork rather than dumb luck. And even if he does come up smelling of roses week after week, you can forgive this in such a slick production.

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