1 9 9 3 (UK)
4 x 60 minute episodes
Nudge, nudge, wink, wink, double-entendre title for jolly super Jilly Cooper adaptation of her own bonkbuster about shagging amongst the horsey set.
The story (such as it was) concerned the equestrian rivalry between caddish upper-class Rupert Campbell-Black (Marcus Gilbert) and swarthy lower-class Jake Lovell (Michael Praed).
Mostly, though, the camera stayed voyeuristically in bed.
There were criticisms that the characters were hollow and their lines cringingly awful (“You have such marvellous hair. It’s the colour of drenched fox”) which rather missed Riders‘ singular credit: it was an almost documentary-like record of the braying classes at play.