1 9 6 7 (UK)
13 x 50 minute episodes
Mickey Dunne followed the misadventures of the titular gambling streetwise Cockney wide-boy who managed to survive on his wits and gift of the gab as he picked his way from one female companion to the next whilst talking himself into as many free dinners as possible.
Just twelve months before, Michael Caine had enchanted the British movie-going public as Alfie, a character that came to epitomise the public perception of smooth Swinging Sixties masculine promiscuity.
Alfie shamelessly moved from woman to woman making his tawdry sexual conquests whilst taking the audience into his confidence.
28-year-old Mickey Dunne was the TV version of Alfie and in a similar vein he would impart his sagacity to the viewers; “If a chick is only going to give the come-on to a guy who’s going places . . . either give up or get going!”
Portraying Mickey was 34-year-old Dinsdale Landen, already a veteran of numerous TV series although this was his first starring role.
The subject material meant that the BBC gave the series a late time slot airing from 9:40 to 10:30 pm.
The series boasted a healthy array of guest stars including Liz Fraser, Charles Tingwell, Nigel Davenport, Imogen Hassell, Clive Dunn, Judy Geeson, Jennie Linden, Georgina Hale, Jack Woolgar, John Junkin, Isla Blair, Nosher Powell, Patsy Ann Noble, Denise Coffey, Desmond Llewellyn, Judy Cornwell, and Johnny Briggs.