1 9 7 7 – 1 9 7 8 (UK)
14 x 30 minute episodes
In the business jungle, Arthur Prufrock Devenish was a tiger . . . with rubber teeth.
Dinsdale Landen played Devenish, a snorting, spluttering, incompetent executive at Universal Pastimes (a toys and games company) in this sitcom from Granada, created and written by Anthony Couch.
Devenish was the chief games deviser with an overinflated sense of self-importance which irritated his colleagues including Biddlecombe of Personnel (Frank Crompton); House Manager George Craddock (Michael Robbins); Company Secretary Neville Liversedge (Geoffrey Bayldon); and UPL’s dynamic managing director, Hugh Fitzjoy (Terence Alexander).
Sucking up to those above him and browbeating those below, he manifested sadism, sycophancy, chicanery, cowardice, jealousy, treachery and paranoia. Fantasies of power drive him onward.
Arthur Prufrock Devenish
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