A business adviser uses all means necessary to help his friends out of financial ruins. However he has a moral code. Also, his unresolved family past won't leave him alone.

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Series cast summary:
 Derek Love / ... (20 episodes, 1990-1991)
 Piers Garfield-Ward / ... (16 episodes, 1990-1991)
 James Xavier Blake / ... (14 episodes, 1990-1991)
 Joanna Franklyn (14 episodes, 1990-1991)
 Tom Franklyn / ... (13 episodes, 1990-1991)
Lynsey Baxter ...
 Victoria Douglas (13 episodes, 1990)
Ralph Riach ...
 Stebbings / ... (12 episodes, 1990-1991)
 Colin Morris (11 episodes, 1990)
 Gavin Nichols (10 episodes, 1990)
Stephen Tompkinson ...
 Markus Warton / ... (10 episodes, 1990)
 Lunchbox (10 episodes, 1990)
Maureen Glackin ...
 Lorraine (10 episodes, 1990)
 Penny Nichols (9 episodes, 1990)
Karen Archer ...
 Vanessa (9 episodes, 1990-1991)
 Robert Douglas (9 episodes, 1990)
Andy Linden ...
 Dink (9 episodes, 1990)
 Gerald (9 episodes, 1990)


A business adviser uses all means necessary to help his friends out of financial ruins. However he has a moral code. Also, his unresolved family past won't leave him alone.

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Release Date:

6 March 1990 (UK)  »

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Clive Owen
1 April 2014 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

For me, and some others, all you need to see in a cast is the name Clive Owen and you're sold. That being the case, I rented "Chancer" from Netflix.

It's my understanding that this series was a hit but that Owen left it when he hit the big time.

Owen plays a young man who loses his job due to insider trading and turns to using his skills to help out an ailing company. He becomes involved with the family, their business associates, and ultimately it affects his personal life and decisions he makes.

One problem I had with this is -- everyone raves about the music. The music is great except if you watch it the way I did, which is a bunch of episodes at a time. You get so sick of that piano theme you're ready to vomit. It's played every two seconds.

Owen is fabulous, very young here (26), and he's everything - romantic, cagey, duplicitous, heroic, a heel, a con man, capable of love and tears. And did I mention he's gorgeous.

He's surrounded by an unbelievable cast, which includes Leslie Phillips, Peter Vaughan, Susannah Harker, Louise Lombard, Simon Shepherd, Michael Kitchen, and Caroline Langrishe.

Very moody series, dark, with an '80s feels to it. Someone who saw it 20 years ago stated it's probably very dated now. Not really. There are still greedy bankers, failing businesses, and wheeler-dealers. And thankfully, there's still Clive Owen.

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