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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Robin Nedwell ...
Susan Jameson ...
Bernadette Milnes ...
Belinda Mayne ...
Verne Morgan ...
Mark Buffery ...
Upchat I
Jane Hayden ...
Upchat II
Mary Conlon ...
Michael Haeburn ...
Upchat III
Fiona Hendley ...
Eve (as Fiona Jayne Hendley)
Upchat IV
Louise Burton ...
Chris Cregan ...
Upchat V
Andee Cromarty ...

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Upchat Vs. Upchat!
23 February 2010 | by (Ambrosia) – See all my reviews

It is another day in the life of Mike Upchat ( Robin Nedwell ), that quick-witted charmer with a way with the ladies.

He attends a party at the Bentinck Gallery, where he is stalked by someone dressed identically, who signs himself in as 'Mike Upchat', and then makes off with the girl he is trying to dance with.

The man in question arrives at Polly's bar, and announces to the world that he is Mike Upchat. He seems to know who Polly ( Bernadette Milnes ) and Maggie ( Susan Jameson ) are. Another Upchat arrives, then another and another.

It would appear that the original Upchat ( played in the first series by John Alderton ) bequeathed his name and luggage locker key to more than one person. There is only one way to sort out the situation - the Upchats must see who can pull a bird in the shortest possible time. Our Mike is duly dispatched to Knightsbridge Barracks...

The last in what sadly proved to be a disappointing sequel to the witty and sophisticated ( by I.T.V. standards ) sitcom 'The Upchat Line'. Nedwell was brought in to replace Alderton following the latter's abrupt departure following a disagreement over the quality of the scripts. Robin did his best but the ghost of 'Dr. Duncan Waring' proved impossible to exorcise. He was not helped by Keith Waterhouse's laugh-free scripts, which were not what you would expect from the author of 'Billy Liar'. If the first season's scripts were up to the same standard it is no wonder Alderton requested rewrites.

The decision to bring in Polly and Maggie as regulars made no sense. They were just not needed. Upchat was funnier on his own.

'Connection' did not return to the Monday at 8 P.M. slot enjoyed by its predecessor. It was moved to Tuesdays at 8.30. Ratings fell and a third season was not commissioned.

Four years later, another smooth-talking liar got his own sitcom on I.T.V. in the shape of Peter Bowles' 'Howard Booth' in 'The Bounder', written by Eric Chappell.

Funniest moment - the contest between the Upchats. At one point it moves to a pub, and is like a Western with the barman sliding pints of foaming beer down the length of the bar.

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