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Series cast summary:
Hugh Laurie ...  Leo Hopkins 3 episodes, 1993
Jessica Turner ...  Jane Hopkins 3 episodes, 1993
Pippa Guard ...  Marion 3 episodes, 1993
Caroline Quentin ...  Rebecca 3 episodes, 1993
Steve Steen Steve Steen ...  Duncan 3 episodes, 1993
Roddy Maude-Roxby Roddy Maude-Roxby ...  Adam 3 episodes, 1993
Bob Monkhouse ...  Giles 3 episodes, 1993
Siobhan McCarthy Siobhan McCarthy ...  Diane 3 episodes, 1993
Ann Firbank ...  Elizabeth 3 episodes, 1993
Shaughan Seymour Shaughan Seymour ...  Francis 3 episodes, 1993
Joseph Mydell ...  Andrew 3 episodes, 1993
Kasia Slav Kasia Slav ...  Twin 3 episodes, 1993
Martin Slav Martin Slav ...  Twin 3 episodes, 1993
Ashley Redfern Ashley Redfern ...  Young Leo 3 episodes, 1993
Simon Cowell-Parker Simon Cowell-Parker ...  William 2 episodes, 1993
Natalie Ogle ...  Wendy 2 episodes, 1993
Tom Beasley Tom Beasley ...  Michael 2 episodes, 1993
Phyllida Law ...  Mrs. Timpson 2 episodes, 1993
Tom Bradford Tom Bradford ...  Prefect 2 episodes, 1993
Peter Wear ...  Richardson 2 episodes, 1993
Rupert Burton Rupert Burton ...  Young Francis 2 episodes, 1993
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In this compelling story of a daring conman, Leo Hopkins (Hugh Laurie) prospers from the greed of others - but his undeniable charm and willingness to take risks plunge him into a mess of troubles and worry. Addicted to gambling, seduced by his secretary and threatened by his corrupt boss, his life spirals downward and Leo must find a way to straighten himself out before he loses everything. Written by cmwinn1227

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A gripping tale of the road from riches to ruin, starring Hugh Laurie and Bob Monkhouse
4 May 2003 | by jgaussenSee all my reviews

Written by Guy Andrews, co-creator and co-writer of the series Chancer, this mini-series, originally shown in three parts on the UK's ITV network, featured Hugh Laurie as a charming man who has everything - a secure career as a financial market analyst, a wealthy wife, adoring children, a wide circle of friends and two homes. Like so many people in his position, he wants more; but, more rarely, he wants to make everybody happy. He hits on an amazing scheme to do both but ends up gambling everything he has with tragic consequences.

The director, Andrew Grieve, has described the drama as being "a three-hour descent into the hell of a life ruined by an addiction. But this is not an addiction to drugs or love or power. It's the addiction to danger, to putting yourself on the edge".

Hugh Laurie is horrifyingly convincing as the charming City con man, and I would defy anyone starting to watch this gripping tale not wanting to see it through to the end. An added bonus is comedian Bob Monkhouse, unusually playing a serious dramatic role.

Take it as a modern morality tale, or simply as extremely high-quality escapist drama, this is high-octane stuff that really never got the acclaim it surely merited. If you can see a repeat, or hire a DVD/tape of this, you've got a treat in store. Take the phone off the hook, and have your favourite drink by your side....


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