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GERALD HARPER stalks the moors as eponymous lairy lord of the manor, before contriving to hitch up with HILARY DWYER and, well, settle down.

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  1. Metal Mickey

    April 12, 2011 at 10:36 am

    A charity-shop find of series 1 of Hadleigh led to a brisk run-through over a few weekends, and it’s actually pretty decent, cardboard sets aside. In common with other boardroom dramas of the time (The Brothers, The Power Game), we’re clearly meant to be in awe of James Hadleigh’s high-powered jet-set business negotiations, though in one Austin Powers-echoing deal, he and his partners will realise – drum roll – £20,000! Obviously a huge amount at the time (probably about £400k in today’s money, since you ask), but titter-inducing these days.

    Gerald Harper cuts a suitably dashing figure (strange that his career seemed to grind to a halt, bizarre detour into Radio 2 DJ-ing aside), whose attraction to the opposite sex seems totally understandable. A nostalgic throwback to when primetime TV could happily be an hour of people talking in rooms.

  2. Richard16378

    August 6, 2011 at 8:48 am

    Also with a pre-LOTSW Kathy Staff appearing as a housekeeper, when she wasn’t trying to appear in every soap going.

  3. Paul

    September 29, 2011 at 12:34 am

    Half Man Half biscuit are well known for referencing obscure bits of British popular culture. Hadleigh gets a mention in their song, “The ballad of Climie Fisher”

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