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)
 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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Release Date:

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 »


Referenced 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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22 June 2003 | by (Hamilton, Canada.) – See all my reviews

A superb series, excellent script and great acting. This should not be missed, anyone who likes the British dramas will not be disappointed with this fare. Each week reveals a new aspect in the mind of the conniving Ralph Gorse, Nigel Havers, a man who has no scruples and will stoop to anything, even murder, to further his ambitions and his bank account.


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