1 9 7 5 (UK)
5 x 50 minute episodes
Frank Clancy (Robert Powell) is a superstar Fleet Street journalist and editor in the London of the swinging 60s.
Frank is appalled to learn that his lifelong best friend, Dick Holt (Keith Drinkel) has committed suicide, and searches for a reason by reflecting on their early lives, recreated in a series of flashbacks, starting in the 1930s when Clancy – the son of an Irish policeman – was a penniless working-class idealist growing up in Hoxton.
In dire need of money, he is given a job by a right-wing politician and seduced by his wife while her impotent Nazi-sympathiser husband watches kinkily through a trick mirror.
The characters develop against a social and political backdrop ranging from the General Strike to the Vietnam demonstrations of the 1960s and Dick Holt’s discovery of an atrocity committed by American troops in Vietnam.
This eventful and entertaining five-part dramatisation of Frederic Mullally’s novel was adapted for the BBC by Jack Pulman.