1 9 7 5 (UK)
8 x 60 minute episodes
Lew Burnett (Colin Blakely) is the boss of Burnett Construction – a multi-million-pound international construction company that he built up after starting as a one-man operator.
He has the respect of his colleagues, but few close friends – and many more enemies.
He becomes the target of an unknown assassin and to find out who and why, he plays dead after three attempts to kill him and goes undercover into his past to discover which of his rivals or loved ones hated him enough to have him murdered.
Michael Williams co-starred as Alan Crowe with Gary Watson as hired assassin John Quentin.
This powerful eight-part thriller series also featured guest appearances from Jane Seymour, Gareth Hunt, James Grout and Frederick Jaeger.
The Hanged Man was a tense, well-made thriller from Yorkshire Television – created and written by Edmund Ward – which succeeded despite its unglamorous brickie-business background.
A spin-off series, Turtle’s Progress (1979 – 1980) on ITV followed the fortunes of two villains and their haul of safety deposit boxes.
John F Landry