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Chance in a Million 

Tom Chance's life is plagued by coincidences. Even his initial meeting with his beloved Alison happened by pure chance - when he went to a local pub to meet another girl (also called Alison... See full summary »
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3   2   1  
1986   1984  

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Simon Callow ...  Tom Chance 18 episodes, 1984-1986
Brenda Blethyn ...  Alison Little 18 episodes, 1984-1986
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Tom Chance's life is plagued by coincidences. Even his initial meeting with his beloved Alison happened by pure chance - when he went to a local pub to meet another girl (also called Alison) for a 'blind date'. As this was the same pub that Alison had arranged to meet her cousin, Tom Chesney, for the first time since they were both children, it was a coincidence waiting to happen! Tom Chance's frequent brushes with coincidences also lead to his being continually arrested by police for crimes he did not commit, with the result that the Police Sergeant finally issues instructions, to his force, *not* to arrest Tom - even when faced with the most compromising of circumstances involving Tom. Written by David McAnally <D.McAnally@uq.net.au>

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Simon Callow said, "I loved doing it and it's one of the most popular things I ever did. The central character, Tom Chance, was a guy who was plagued by coincidence that was the basic formula of the series. The charming thing about him was that he seemed to belong to another world completely. He spoke in the most extraordinary way, which I think was derived from Mr. Jingle in The Pickwick Papers - he never used the personal pronouns ... He'd say, "... went to bank ... had problem ... sat down ... couldn't get out ... killed a woman ... very sad...". Brenda Blethyn, she's absolutely superb in it. Brenda and I and the writers are desperately keen to do a series, 25 years later on ... same couple ... I think it would be wonderful." See more »

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Taking a Chance on Love
Written by Vernon Duke (uncredited), John La Touche (uncredited) and Ted Fetter (uncredited)
Performed by The Ladybirds
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A gem
8 June 2006 | by JetsetcatSee all my reviews

"Chance in a Million" was a gem and it is sad that it has never been repeated.Tom Chance (Simon Callow) accepted the twists fate threw at him with unflinching cheerfulness and it was a pleasure trying to anticipate what could go wrong next.

His long suffering fiancé Alison (Brenda Blethyn) always meekly hoped for the best, enduring the most ludicrous of mishaps.

I often wondered if it wasn't rerun because its principal actors went on to greater things and having joined the ranks of "luvvies" they didn't want reminders of where they started from.

If true, this would be a shame because it was an excellent series.


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10 September 1984 (UK) See more »

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Ni kriv ni dužan See more »

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