Complete first series of the British television drama, set in the boardrooms of big business and high finance, as ambitious and ruthless managing director John Wilder (Patrick Wymark) lets nothing stand in the way of his growing business empire.
1. The New Boy John Wilder, knighted after his retirement from the strenuous battles in the aircraft industry, finds the quiet life irritating and boring. His only business activity is a seat on the board of Elbertson's Merchant Bank and this gives him little satisfaction and little to do - a situation he discusses with his wife Pamela.
2. Lady for a Knight Having politically arranged his election to the Bligh Construction Company as joint managing director, Sir John Wilder throws himself into the thick of a new battle - for power among the members of the government-sponsored National Export Board of which he and Caswell Bligh are members. Both have their eyes on the chairmanship.
3. Hagadan Hagadan is a bright young construction engineer whom Sir John Wilder meets and puts under contract during a trip to the Continent. The young man has some interesting ideas about the construction of motorways; he also has an interest in Pamela Wilder. Wilder himself, meanwhile, is taking more and more interest in Susan Weldon.
4. The Politician When the cat's away the mice will play. Wilder sees Caswell Bligh's diverted attentions to his political ambitions as an invitation to put his own plans for Bligh Construction into effect.
5. Point of Balance Romance and business clash in an unexpected way for John Wilder because of his relationship with Susan Weldon which is exposed when Caswell Bligh sees an opportunity to destroy his rival.
6. Saturday's Women Kenneth Bligh. returning from a seemingly failed trip to Africa to secure the contract for a dam, is met by Don Henderson and is only too happy to assume that he is there to greet him. However, Don has just returned from a secret trip to Venezuela and is part of a plan John Wilder has worked out to see the father, Caswell Bligh, at his son's throat.
7. The Switch Caswell Bligh is smugly certain of the Chairmanship of the National Export Board. Wilder, however, is conspicuously absent from the retiring chairman's reception.
8. The Crunch The sudden death of a businessman known to Sir John Wilder, brings him home early to find that his wife Pamela is not there.
9. Late Via Rome Sir John Wilder learns that, where business is concerned, Kenneth Bligh is a chip off the old block and as astute as his father, Caswell Bligh.
10. Persons and Paper Sir John Wilder is embarrassed to find that Frank Hagadan, with whom Lady Pamela Wilder had been having an affair, has taken a new job which brings them into contact again.
11. Trade Secrets What is the secret of the Bligh Company's special success in a part of Africa where no other British civil engineering firm has landed contracts?
12. The Man with Two Hats Anxious to have the friendship of all political parties, Sir John Wilder does his best to offset Caswell Bligh's well known interest in the Socialist Party by seeing that the Conservative Party also receives financial support from Bligh's.
13. Confound Their Politics Sir John Wilder finds himself on a political tightrope, with efforts being made to force his resignation from the National Export Board.