1 9 8 5 – 1 9 8 6 (UK)
12 x 60 minute episodes
Suave gossip diarist Neville Lytton (Peter Bowles) returns to his desk at The Daily News after a brutal mugging.
A mysterious suicide, a plea for help from an old flame in trouble, and a developing scandal in Whitehall swiftly combine to restore his enthusiasm for the cut and thrust of Fleet Street.
Whether consorting with banking tycoons and ex-dictators or investigating a gang of skinheads, Lytton strives to expose the high and mighty, the corrupt and the crooked, and to make sure “God” (his editor at the Daily News) is happy with his work. Pandora (Jane Laurie) assisted him in his investigations.
All the while, Lytton struggles to keep his love life – with his estranged wife, Catherine (Fiona Mollison) and girlfriend Laura (Anna Nygh) – in order, write the one novel he feels he has in him, and fend off the constant machinations and manoeuvres of an old rival at the Post, Henry Field (Bernard Lloyd).
Premiering on Wednesday 8 January 1986, this Thames Television production was based on an original idea by Peter Bowles himself, in conjunction with Philip Broadley. Rick Wakeman wrote the theme tune.
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