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7 December 1990 (UK) See more »
A costume drama / satire about financial skull-duggery, and confidence tricksters in both the upper and lower classes in Victorian London... See more » | Add synopsis »
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  (in credits order)

Derek Jacobi ... Mr. Frederick/Sir John

Cyril Cusack ... The Ballad Seller
Ruth Mitchell ... The Girl

Maria Aitken ... Lady Amelia
Irina Brook ... Georgiana Shillibeer

Paul Brooke ... Lord Paramount

Richard Caldicot ... Duke
James Cairncross ... Mr. Trott

Jim Carter ... Mr. Blackthorn
Jonathan Cecil ... Sir Martin Locket
Maria Charles ... The Pure Gatherer

Richard Clifford ... George Locket

James Cosmo ... Mr. Bowring

Rosalie Crutchley ... Mrs. Harris
Chris Darwin ... Theatre Doorman
Nick Edmett ... The Grease Buyer

Michael Feast ... Mr. Edwin
Graham Fletcher-Cook ... Whistling Billy

Ian Gelder ... Henry Gibbs
Ann-Marie Gwatkin ... Emily

Dilys Hamlett ... Lady Emma

Roger Hammond ... Augustus Roddick
John Harding ... Mr. Priddle
Patricia Hayes ... The Dowager
Don Henderson ... Bob

Michael Hordern ... Mr. Tatham

Stratford Johns ... Arthur Shillibeer
Arthur Kelly ... Grease Remover Seller
Hugh Lloyd ... Viscount
Preston Lockwood ... Mr. Benjamin

Miriam Margolyes ... Mrs. Bowring

John McEnery ... Mr. Maclean
Philip McGough ... Mr. Croker

Michael Medwin ... Mr. Wells

Murray Melvin ... Jeremy Ruttle
Robin Meredith ... Crossing Sweep
Rory Murray ... Henry Ottaway
Siobhan Nicholas ... The Chickweed Seller

Corin Redgrave ... Sir Thomas Neathouse

Miranda Richardson ... Columbine/Rosalind/Ophelia

Joan Sims ... Lady Daphne
Auriol Smith ... Lady Augusta
Nicholas Tennant ... Curley
Frederick Treves ... Samuel Simpson
Alec Wallis ... Marquess
Bill Wallis ... Henry Beauchamp-Harper
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Rosalind Adler
Iain Andrew
Michael Andrew
Maraquita Annis
Sally Ashby
John Atkinson
Peter Bailie
Charlie Bartle
Fred Beauman

Julian Bleach
Stephen Boyes
Una Brandon-Jones
Raymond Brody
Ronnie Brody
Brenda Bruce
Penny Bunton
Dawn Charatan
Johnny Clayton
Nora Connolly
Terence Conoley
Ron Cook
Laura Cox
Marty Cruickshank
John Dainty
John Dalby
Stephen Daltry

Deddie Davies
Leon Davis
Cordelia Ditton
Rex Doyle
Christine Ellerbeck
Maurice Elliot
Ron Emslie
John Fahey
Sally Faulkner
Susan Field

Julian Firth

Sarah Flind
Alan Ford
Eric Francis
Irene Frederick
Tony Frey
Dominic Geary
Jack Gittings
David Glover
David Graham
James Grant

Richard Graydon
Bruce Green
James Greene
Philip Gunderson

Christopher Hancock

Tamsin Heatley
Janet Henfrey
Richard Henry
Zoe Hicks
Kit Jackson
Jessica James

Reginald Jessup
Terry John
Darlene Johnson
Harry Jones

Merelina Kendall
Linda Kerr Scott
David Keyes ... Tom
Harry Klein
Mark Knox
Mark Lambert
Stanley Lloyd
Jan Lower
Norman Lumsden
Knight Mantell
Arnold Mark
Dominic Martinez
Joanna Maude
Fiona McAlpine
Kenneth McClellan
Colleen McClure
Kristin Milward
Madeleine Moffat
Pamela Moiseiwitsch
Joan Moore
Malcolm Mudie
Jean Murphy
Patricia Napier
Arthur Nightingale
Giles Oldershaw
Cindy Oswin
Bernard Padden
Stewart Permutt
Christine Pilgrim
Emma Piper
Brian Poyser
David Pugh
Robert Putt
John Quarmby
Stephen Rashbrook
Anne Romyn

George Savvides ... Mr. Nick

Graham Seed
Hilary Sesta
Phillada Sewell
Simon Slater
Vince Starr

David Sterne
Bill Stewart
Peter Stockbridge
John Tams
Ian Targett
Robert Terson
John Tordoff
John Tramper
David Trevena

Peter Waddington
Paddy Ward
Jo Warne
John Warner
Harry Webster
Amanda Wenban
Paul Wilce
Chris Wittingham
Peter Wyatt

Jane Wymark
Charmian May ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Christine Edzard 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Christine Edzard 
Olivier Stockman 

Produced by
Celia Bannerman .... associate producer
Original Music by
Michel Sanvoisin 
Cinematography by
Robin Vidgeon 
Film Editing by
Olivier Stockman 
Casting by
Celia Bannerman 
Art Direction by
Christine Edzard 
Production Management
Trevor Ingman .... production manager
Art Department
Annabel Hands .... sets
Sound Department
Brian Paxton .... sound re-recordist
Camera and Electrical Department
Chris Mortley .... electrician
Casting Department
Celia Bannerman .... casting
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Shirley Nevin .... costume assistant
Marion Weise .... costume supervisor
Music Department
The London Film Orchestra .... music performed by
Other crew
Celia Bannerman .... production staff
David Wilmore .... technical advisor

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