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Foundation, The

1 9 7 7 – 1 9 7 8 (UK)
26 x 60 minute episodes

This ATV drama series was set in the cut-throat world of high finance and big business where Davinia Prince (Lynette Davies) took her late husband’s place in the boardroom of the Prince Organisation.

Successful tycoon Don Prince (Keith Barron) – who founded the organisation – died of a heart attack in the first episode, leaving Davinia everything.

Rather than sell off the company, she opted to run it herself even though she had no real business experience. Her decision brought her into conflict with the other board directors but also brought new admirers, keen to get their hands on her wealth.

The supporting cast included Bernard Lee, John Barron and Fulton Mackay, with a young Patsy Kensit playing Davinia’s daughter, Emma.

The Foundation was critically acclaimed and popular with viewers throughout its two-season run.

An attempt was made to produce an American version, with Elizabeth Montgomery (from Bewitched) as Davinia. It went no further than the pilot stage.

Lynette Davies drowned in 1993 – aged just 45 – at Lavernock Point, on the coast of the Vale of Glamorgan in Wales. The cause of death was later determined as suicide.

Davinia Prince
Lynette Davies
Eddie Prince
Bernard Lee
Ronnie Bartlett
Geoffrey Whitehead
Sir Clive Farmer
John Barron
Dr Richard Montagu
Peter Copley
Geoffrey Tatum
Ellis Dale
Helen Cleaves
Emma Prince
Patsy Kensit
Paul Prince
Andrew Dove
Gareth Brown
William Gaunt
Philippe de Vries
Sandor Eles