An American gambler on a trans-Atlantic liner goes into the pool that bets on how far ship sails each day. Expecting bad weather, he bets a low distance, but then the weather fines up. He must come up with a plan to slow the ship down.



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Episode complete credited cast:
Himself - Introduced by
William Botibol
Gladys Spencer ...
Don Fellows ...
Davyd Harries ...
Jana Shelden ...
Mrs. Renshaw
David Healy ...
Paula Tilbrook ...
Bill Reimbold ...
Bill Wilson
Elaine Ives-Cameron ...
Sarah Grant, Woman Bidder (as Elaine Ives Cameron)
Ken Buckle ...


On board an Atlantic liner gambler Mr. Botibol takes part in a sweep-stake betting on how long it will take the ship to reach its destination. Mr. Botibol decides that if he can slow the ship down a little he will win the sweep and that if he 'falls' overboard this will most definitely slow the liner down as he is rescued. However, he must first find somebody who will witness his fall and raise the alarm. Unfortunately he could not have picked a worse choice. Written by don @ minifie-1

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12 May 1979 (UK)  »

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When Botibol is talking to the steward on deck, the morning after rough weather which had slowed the ship down had unexpectedly cleared up, he is thinking of a way to guarantee the success of his Low Field bet. However, the clock behind his head reads 11:55 ... in other words, 5 minutes before the captain would actually announce the results of the previous 24 hours sailing, and much too late to do anything about it. See more »


Version of Uit de wereld van Roald Dahl: Een frisse duik (1975) See more »

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Gambling always does you harm in the end.
9 February 2016 | by (Swansea, United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

William Botibol is a hardened gambler, he's on an Atlantic cruiser enjoying a holiday. Clearly a little bored he has designs on winning the Ship's Pool, a prize fund based on the distance the ship would travel, he wages his bet, getting the low field using his last $1000, the weather is awful, storms and sickness, but when he wakes the next day, it's glorious and the sun is shining. William Botibol has to come up with a way of slowing the ship down, tragically he puts his trust in the wrong person.

We would see William Botibol again, Jack Weston made him quite a sad yet interesting character, a good outing for him, but I prefer his second outing in William Botibol's first love. Nevertherless, a good performance from him.

It's a sad tale, with out lead cutting a fairly tragic figure, you just know it's going to end badly. 6/10

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