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News and updates for the Patrick Wymark Boardroom - a website about the Power Game actor.

Maintained by Harry Dobermann. Email me at harry@wymark.org.uk

West 11 on TPTV

Updates Posted on Sat, March 30, 2019 08:37:44

A chance to see Patrick Wymark in West 11 at 9pm, Saturday 30 March on Talking Pictures TV.

Wymark plays Father Hogan, the family priest consulted by troubled outsider Alfred Lynch in Michael Winner’s 1963 adaptation of Laura Del Rivo’s novel about life in Notting Hill. With overtones of Strangers On A Train the movie also features Wymark’s friend and director Harold Lang as “Silent”, an enigmatic character on the edge of Lynch’s community. You can read more at http://www.wymark.org.uk/West.html



The Judge

Updates Posted on Mon, March 11, 2019 18:19:48

1 March 1967: Patrick Wymark starred in John Mortimer’s play ‘The Judge’ at the Cambridge Theatre. A year later, on 12 March 1968, Wymark starred in the TV adaptation as part of the ‘Playhouse’ strand.

Mortimer would later create TV’s cynical barrister, Rumpole of the Bailey, but The Judge was far more challenging than the loveable iconoclast played by Leo McKern. At first the plot seems like a variation on Friedrich Durrenmatt’s The Visit , before veering off in a totally different direction . http://www.wymark.org.uk/judge.html



Callan Director’s Past Links to Hunter

Updates Posted on Sun, March 03, 2019 15:46:01

A link to John Owen’s Argonaut blog illuminates tomorrow
night’s screening of ‘The Good Ones Are All Dead’, the first episode of
‘Callan’ which Talking Pictures TV is screening at 9pm on Monday 5th March.

In
1957, Toby Robertson was appearing with Patrick Wymark in Peter Brook’s
production of ‘The Tempest’ – from August 13 1957 at the Shakespeare Memorial
Theatre, Stratford – and from December 5 1957 at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane.
Wymark played the drunken butler Stephano, while Robertson played Adrian.

By
1962 Robertson was directing Nicol Williamson and Rita Tushingham in ‘A
Midsummer Night’s Dream at the Royal Court, and by 1963 he was assistant
director to Peter Brook on the film ‘Lord of the Flies’. Robertson was also
building a parallel career with ABC as a TV director. So it was that he helmed
the hard-hitting first episode of ‘Callan’. In this episode, Edward Woodward
stars opposite Ronald Radd as his controller, Hunter. In future episodes, to be
screened on TPTV, Hunter will be played by William Squire. And so it is that we
look back at the Argo Records adaptation of Henry IV part 2, where Toby
Robertson as Silence, shares a scene with William Squire as Justice Shallow:
“so deadpan it could be something out of theatre of the absurd. Not funny
but oddly fascinating.” https://argonautblog.wordpress.com/2017/04/28/deconstruction-work/



The Psychopath Podcast

Updates Posted on Tue, February 12, 2019 18:43:45

A mysterious assassin killing members of a wartime commission, leaving dolls with their likenesses in his wake! Patrick Wymark stars as the detective investigating the case in a script by Robert Bloch. Tonight we discuss the Amicus horror movies, The Psychopath with Dr Terror in our new 26 minute podcast. You can hear it here



Danton’s Death

Updates Posted on Sat, February 02, 2019 20:06:02

January 25th 1959 – Patrick Wymark starred in Danton’s Death at the Lyric, Hammersmith. Georg Buechner’s play was adapted by James Maxwell (who appeared in the play and would later play Colin Townley in The Power Game ). Wymark starred as the French Revolutionary leader who later became a victim of the guillotine. Harold Lang played Robespierre and Patrick McGoohan played St Just. Read more here



Special Envoy: A New world of Wilders

Updates Posted on Wed, October 31, 2018 07:06:34

It appears that Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt is a fan of The Power Game. News emerges this morning that he plans to appoint business leaders as Ambassadors.

This, of course, replicates the situation in the third series of The Power Game : Special Envoy (1969) where Patrick Wymark as Sir John Wilder is appointed Ambassador for Special Situations and Trade. http://www.wymark.org.uk/power942.html



The Champions

Updates Posted on Tue, October 30, 2018 22:45:34

Wednesday 30th October 1968: Patrick Wymark guest stars in “Operation Deep Freeze”, an episode of “The Champions” premiered on this day on ATV and Yorkshire TV (the episode was screened on other days across the country).


Wymark played a South American dictator setting off nuclear bomb tests from a secret base in Antarctica and was quoted as complaining that, “I don’t know why nobody ever gives me comedy roles on television. I’ve done more comedy on the stage than drama. See more at http://www.wymark.org.uk/champ.html



Don’t Stick Your Head Out

Updates Posted on Sat, October 13, 2018 22:45:31

Ingrid Hafner stars as Wilder’s mistress, Kate Barber in “Don’t Stick Your Head Out”, the 14 October 1963 episode of “The Plane Makers”. Arthur Sugden is mystified as to why Wilder insists that he come along on a sales trip to Italy.



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