Telford had worked for many years in a bank, and had progressed to a senior role which involved him travelling overseas. He decided that he wanted a change, so he applied for the job of ...
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Telford had worked for many years in a bank, and had progressed to a senior role which involved him travelling overseas. He decided that he wanted a change, so he applied for the job of manager in a small provincial branch in Dover. He raised a few eyebrows back at headquarters for his lenient attitude to debtors, but he succeeded in attracting a large Dutch firm to open an office in the town and to bank with his branch. After badly advising the managing director of a local electronics firm to expand too quickly, he rescued the situation by suggesting that the MD should act as financial advisor to a brilliant inventor who had no idea how to run a successful business. Mrs Telford did not want to move to Dover and stayed with her teenage son in London. Before long she had met a theatre director (played by Keith Barron) and they tentatively began having an affair. By the final episode, Telford had got the concept of being a bank manager out of his system and was arranging to go back to ... Written by
Martin Underwood <firstname.lastname@example.org>
A middle aged banker at the pinnacle of his career gets tired of the stress and strain of constant work and travel and decides to demote himself to a small bank in Dover. It doesn't sound interesting on the printed page but is in fact fascinating in the hands of actor Peter Barkworth and writer/director Brian Clark. 10 memorable episodes, with Hannah Gordon and Keith Barron leading an outstanding supporting cast. The scene in the eighth episode, which I won't go into for reasons of spoilage, between Telford and his boss, played by actor Simon Lack, is as revelatory and stunning as any scene in any play I've seen EVER. It's a scandal that this brilliant series has never been released on DVD. Hopefully that situation will be rectified soon. I haven't been able to get a copy of the follow up production of the Barkworth/Clark team, Late Starter. That's another scandal.
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