A drama series set in 1930s Britain, detailing the exploits of Ralph Gorse, a conman, seducer and murderer.

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Series cast summary:
 Ralph Ernest Gorse (6 episodes, 1987)
Bernard Hepton ...
 Donald Stimpson (6 episodes, 1987)
 Joan Plumleigh-Bruce (6 episodes, 1987)
 Clarice Mannors (6 episodes, 1987)
Grace Kinirons ...
 Mary (5 episodes, 1987)
Matthew Devitt ...
 Albert (3 episodes, 1987)
 Harold Bennett (2 episodes, 1987)
 Alison Warren (2 episodes, 1987)
Gillian Raine ...
 Phyllis Bennett (2 episodes, 1987)
Linal Haft ...
 Henry (2 episodes, 1987)
Abigail McKern ...
 Pamela Bennett (2 episodes, 1987)
 Archie (2 episodes, 1987)
Leonard Kavanagh ...
 George (2 episodes, 1987)
Julian Fox ...
 Detective (2 episodes, 1987)
Michael Fleming ...
 Receptionist (2 episodes, 1987)
Jonathan Lacey ...
 Bert (2 episodes, 1987)
Jason James ...
 Albert (2 episodes, 1987)
Graham Cull ...
 Bob (2 episodes, 1987)


A drama series set in 1930s Britain, detailing the exploits of Ralph Gorse, a conman, seducer and murderer.

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18 October 1987 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Charmören  »

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Philip Hinchcliffe thought of Daniel Day-Lewis for the starring role but Nick Elliott wanted Nigel Havers. See more »


Featured in Drama Trails: 'The Second Coming' to 'Afterlife' (2008) See more »


You're the Top
(Title Theme)
Written by Cole Porter
Performed by Paul Jones
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20 June 2006 | by (Ireland) – See all my reviews

I saw this when it was aired in 1987 and have never forgotten it - we couldn't wait for the next episode! It was mesmerising, and Nigel Havers was truly creepily thrilling as the handsome cad who gets himself deeper and deeper into trouble. I can never forget the final image; I won't spoil it in case they ever do show it again, but it is beautifully handled. You feel satisfaction, pity, compassion and a sense of justice. Bernard Hepton was even more creepy as the outwardly mild-mannered man out for revenge. I would love to see it again, still hoping for a DVD. I've always liked Rosemary Leach, her performance is great as well. I don't know why comments now have to be 10 lines - they never used to be. Why write more than you have to?

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