Mirroring the bear-pit attitudes of the time, this series follows the upwardly-mobile hopefuls at London-based investment bank, Shane Longman, as they try to scramble up the corporate ... See full summary »


Andrew MacLear




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1990   1989  




Series cast summary:
Bill Armstrong Bill Armstrong ...  Max Lubin 23 episodes, 1989-1990
Douglas Hodge ...  Declan McConnochie 23 episodes, 1989-1990
Jason Isaacs ...  Chas Ewell 23 episodes, 1989-1990
Joanna Kanska Joanna Kanska ...  Sirkka Nieminen 23 episodes, 1989-1990
Trevyn McDowell ...  Michelle Hauptmann 23 episodes, 1989-1990
Rolf Saxon ...  Hudson J. Talbot 22 episodes, 1989-1990
John Bowe ...  Leonard Ansen 21 episodes, 1989-1990
Anna Nygh Anna Nygh ...  Hannah Burgess 21 episodes, 1989-1990
Richard LeParmentier ...  Lee Wolf 18 episodes, 1989-1990
Denys Hawthorne Denys Hawthorne ...  James Farrell 14 episodes, 1989-1990
Joanna Phillips-Lane Joanna Phillips-Lane ...  Wendy Foley 14 episodes, 1989-1990
Briony Glassco ...  Gail 14 episodes, 1989-1990
Dorian Healy ...  Jimmy Destry 13 episodes, 1989
Emily Bolton ...  Sylvia Roux Teng 11 episodes, 1989-1990


Mirroring the bear-pit attitudes of the time, this series follows the upwardly-mobile hopefuls at London-based investment bank, Shane Longman, as they try to scramble up the corporate ladder, taking risks, eating up the pressure, and following their instincts in search of that elusive deal that will finally announce their arrival in the city. Written by Bai

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Release Date:

26 September 1989 (UK) See more »

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(13 episodes)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


When the show premiered on British television in 1989, it was advertised by billboards and newspaper ads for "Shane Longman" (the fictitious merchant bank in the series) featuring profiles of its "staff": Declan (with a bouquet for Michelle on the ground in front of him), Jimmy (holding a phone: "If he doesn"t break even, he breaks his phone."), Hudson (holding both a phone and his baby after his wife has left him), Sirkka (with a black eye and holding a wine glass after attacking a man who gave her a bad investment tip), and Max (fluent in 6 Chinese dialects, he"s carrying a pile of Chinese take away containers). See more »

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Capital City should be on DVD
7 October 2005 | by SylSee all my reviews

I agree that Capital City should be on DVD. I watched this show only by accident in 1994 and fell in love with Rolf Saxon as Hudson Talbot. It was nice to see Americans who work abroad in London in the financial industry for a change. I loved Rolf in this role and loved every other role that he has been in. I can't believe the show only lasted 13 episodes. I liked William Armstrong as Hudson's flamboyant charming friend in the series. When they aired this show in the New York City area, it was always late at night or at off times. The show is less than an hour long. I felt this show should have gone on longer but the casting changes in the second season really made the show a little less interesting. I didn't care for Sylvia but missed the actress, Julia Phillips-Lane in the previous season. I felt this show took chances and often it worked. It showed Americans who loved and chose to live in London. The American characters were not arrogant or tried to outdo their British counterparts. I also liked the fact that they had tried to internationalize the cast rather than make them all British. I liked watching Julia Ormond in an early role. I felt this show should have lasted longer. I felt at times that the previews lasted as long as the show in less than an hour. They could have transferred the cast to New York City and it would have been a hit in America.

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