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Lytton's Diary 

As portrayed by Peter Bowles (The Irish R.M., To the Manor Born), London gossip columnist Neville Lytton exudes a sophisticated charm that masks a tenacious commitment to his job. Whether ... See full summary »




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Series cast summary:
Peter Bowles ...  Neville Lytton 12 episodes, 1985-1986
Holly De Jong Holly De Jong ...  Dolly 12 episodes, 1985-1986
Adam Norton Adam Norton ...  David 12 episodes, 1985-1986
Harriet Keevil Harriet Keevil ...  Jenny 12 episodes, 1985-1986
Bernard Lloyd ...  Henry Field / ... 12 episodes, 1985-1986
Lewis Fiander ...  The Lawyer / ... 10 episodes, 1985-1986
Bernard Archard ...  The Editor 9 episodes, 1985-1986
Anna Nygh Anna Nygh ...  Laura Grey 6 episodes, 1985
Jeffrey Segal Jeffrey Segal ...  Harold 6 episodes, 1986
Sylvester Williams Sylvester Williams ...  Wesley 6 episodes, 1985
Colin Farrell Colin Farrell ...  The Deputy Editor 6 episodes, 1986
Fiona Mollison Fiona Mollison ...  Catherine Lytton 6 episodes, 1985-1986
Eve Pearce Eve Pearce ...  Beryl 6 episodes, 1985
David Ryall ...  Norman 6 episodes, 1985
Barbara Kellerman ...  Helena 5 episodes, 1986
Antony Hayden Antony Hayden ...  Kevin 5 episodes, 1986
Jane Laurie Jane Laurie ...  Pandora 5 episodes, 1985


As portrayed by Peter Bowles (The Irish R.M., To the Manor Born), London gossip columnist Neville Lytton exudes a sophisticated charm that masks a tenacious commitment to his job. Whether consorting with banking tycoons and ex-dictators or investigating a gang of skinheads, Lytton strives to expose the high and mighty, the corrupt and the crooked--and to make sure "God" (his editor at the Daily News) is happy with his work. All the while, Lytton struggles to keep his love life in order, write the one novel he feels he has in him, and fend off constant machinations and maneuvers of an old rival at the Daily Post. It's all part of the daily grind for Neville Lytton--and grist for the scandalous news mill.

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1985 (UK) See more »

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Thames Television See more »
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(13 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


It was generally thought when this series was new that the central character was based on the real-life gossip columnist Nigel Dempster, albeit presented as a rather more principled and likable personality. Dempster suffered a spectacular fall from grace only a few years after this series ended. See more »


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good, entertaining quality drama
24 April 2008 | by Thorsten-KringsSee all my reviews

It doesn't sound particularly exciting or uplkifting to follow the adventures of a gossip columnist although at the time the press wasn't quite as much in the gutter as it is now. But surprisingly Lytton's Diary was one of my favourite shows back in the 80s shown only on regional German TV. The standard of writing is pretty high, the stories are well written, sometimes touching on controversial issiues and the characters are rather interestinbg. Lytton's Diary shows Fleet Street when it still was in Fleet Street although Murdoch was already on the scene. So in a way, today it actually makes you feel rather nostalgic. The show's greatest asset is leading man Peter Bowles here at his suave best. All in all: good, entertaining quality drama although it actually looks pretty dated today in terms of the very harsh contrasts and the cheap studio look.

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