The Dick Francis Thriller: The Racing Game (1979– )

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The cases of a disabled jockey turned private detective specializing in investigations involving horse racing.

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Complete series cast summary:
Mike Gwilym ...
 Sid Halley (6 episodes, 1979-1980)
Mick Ford ...
 Chico Barnes (5 episodes, 1979)
James Maxwell ...
 Charles Roland (2 episodes, 1979)
Susan Wooldridge ...
 Jenny Halley (2 episodes, 1979)


Sid Halley, a champion jump jockey, had his hand and his career destroyed by a fall in a race, when a horse stepped on his hand. His ex-wife's father pulls him out of his depression by asking him to investigate some fishy deaths at Seabury race course, and the possibility that someone's planning a takeover. Sid, together with his friend, judo expert and ex-thug, Chico Barnes, start poking about and their success in the Seabury case lead to other race course cases: possible fixed races, shady insurance claims, betting scams, and a kidnaped stud. Six one-hour episodes: Odds Against, Trackdown, Gambling Lady, Horses for Courses, Horsenap, and Needle. Written by Kathy Li

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horse | detective | based on novel | See All (3) »







Release Date:

8 April 1980 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Högt spel - strama tyglar  »

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(6 episodes)

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This series was partially based on Dick Francis's novel "Odds Against". Several years after it was made, Francis wrote a second novel "Whip Hand" which featured the same hero, Sid Halley, and dedicated it to Mike Gwilym who had played Halley. See more »

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Memorable Series
11 November 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Maybe it wasn't that good as a whole, but the second episode, which was the first one I say, was so memorable I still remember it today. I became a fan of Dick Francis. I would recommend it if you are interested in horse racing and mysteries.

The cockney slang of the sidekick, Chico Barnes, is a lot more amusing to those of us who have never been close to hearing London's Bow Bells, but the leads are attractive and the shows were interesting.

Sid Halley was one of Francis' more interesting characters, and the show actually minimizes some of the difficulties with his hand. Interestingly, electronic hands of the sort used in the stories are apparently less functional for the user than the sort invented after World War II.

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