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Gamblers, The

1 9 6 7 (UK)
20 x 60 minute episodes

This anthology drama series from Associated-Rediffusion presented stories of people who take a gamble – sometimes with their lives – in order to prove a point or better their position.

One particularly impressive episode, The Glory of Llewellyn Smiley (30 December 1967), starred Ralph Michael as ageing General Cudlipp who lived in a home for retired officers and Ronnie Barker as Llewellyn Smiley, the commissionaire at the local cinema who Cudlipp gambles can pass for a retired officer.

Other guest stars throughout the 20 episodes included Alfred Burke, Ronald Lacey, James Beck, Christopher Benjamin, Neville Buswell, Richard Carpenter, Bernard Lee, Ivor Dean, Joe Lynch, Michael Robbins, Norman Rossington, Patsy Rowlands, Frank Windsor, Rosemary Leach, Nyree Dawn Porter, Gordon Rollings and George Sewell.

Episodes

Read ’em and Weep | Oil and Water | The Wednesday Game | When the Chips Are Down | My Dear Sirs | How Well Do You Know This Man? | The Wrecker | Arthur Through the Looking Class | Lily Jumps and Jim Loses | The Glory of Llewellyn Smiley | Tycoon of the Year | The Man Beneath | The Bridge | Give and Take | Thirty Stretch | Mates! | Days of Heroes | You’ve Got a Lucky Face | Try a Little Tenderness | The Day the Banana Threw a Gorilla at Rachel