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Stephen Crane (Clive Owen) is a chancer - a schemer who looks for opportunity and seizes it through manipulation. A young London business analyst, con-man and outsider, Crane is called in to save Douglas Motors, a crumbling firm owned by the decadent Douglas family.

FilmRise
1 Season, 10 Episodes
March 6, 1990
7.7/10
Cast: Clive Owen, Simon Shepherd, Leslie Phillips, Susannah Harker
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  • Tom secures control of Douglas Motors, while Blake plans to settle some old scores in time for his retirement - unaware that Crane will soon become an unlikely ally.

  • The arrival of Crane's brother sparks concern for his position at the company, while Jamie's suicide raises a number of interesting questions.

  • Tom returns from Hong Kong, desperate to catch up with Crane for a few choice words. But when Crane surrenders to his demands, Tom is taken aback, resulting in a surprising offer.

  • Victoria talks Crane into a dangerous scam to ruin a property developer. Meanwhile, the residents of Stoneleigh are unhappy about a planned toxic waste dump orchestrated by Robert.

  • Robert is forced to come clean to Crane after using the money from the bank to pay off Jamie's gambling debts. Jo begins an affair with Piers behind Crane's back.

  • Crane discovers that Douglas Motors has been the victim of a scam operated by Fitchford, Lunchbox and Gerald. An absent Jamie returns home after two years in the French Foreign Legion.

  • Desperate to get his money back, Blake takes revenge on Crane by spilling the beans about his past to Robert. Meanwhile, Tom is also out for revenge.

  • Crane tries to secure a job for himself with Douglas Motors after he and Jo are sacked from the bank.

  • Crane attempts to save Douglas Motors by stealing 500,000 pounds from his boss in an insider trading scam, while Robert hires a private detective to look for Jamie.

  • When the Douglas Motors factory is destroyed in a suspected arson attack, Gavin Nichols, son-in-law of managing director Robert Douglas, calls upon an old friend for help.

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