Lytton's Diary (1985–1986)
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Rules of Engagement 

Lytton puts a new reporter on the trail of a tennis star leaving his wife and kids, while Lytton himself investigates an Old Bailey judge with close ties to a known criminal. However, neither situation is quite what it seems.

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Michael Ferguson

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Ray Connolly, Peter Bowles (based on an original idea by) | 1 more credit »
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Peter Bowles ... Neville Lytton
Barbara Kellerman ... Helena
Holly De Jong Holly De Jong ... Dolly
Adam Norton Adam Norton ... David
Harriet Keevil Harriet Keevil ... Jenny
Jeffrey Segal Jeffrey Segal ... Harold
Antony Hayden Antony Hayden ... Kevin
Bernard Archard ... The Editor
Lewis Fiander ... The Lawyer
Colin Farrell Colin Farrell ... The Deputy Editor
Harry Waters Harry Waters ... The News Editor
Graham Cull Graham Cull ... Terry
James Woolley James Woolley ... Librarian
William Wilde ... Sam
Trevor Ray Trevor Ray ... Ronnie
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Lytton puts a new reporter on the trail of a tennis star leaving his wife and kids, while Lytton himself investigates an Old Bailey judge with close ties to a known criminal. However, neither situation is quite what it seems.

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Drama

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UK

Language:

English

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1986 (UK) See more »

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Thames Television See more »
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First of Barbara Kellerman's five appearances in the series as the devious and ruthless Helena. See more »

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Rules of Engagement
9 October 2019 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

There was so much name dropping of cultural figures and celebrities. It reminded me of an episode of Coronation Street as written by Jonathan Harvey.

We have seen Lytton not being adverse to using dirty tricks in order to get a story. Here he gets infected by a touch of ethics. Hopefully he will find a cure for it.

Some stolen photographs sets him in pursuit of a judge who might had got friendly with a Soho pornogrpaher. His son got off an assault charge when recently up against the same judge who has a reputation of being very mean. Obviously a story to follow.

Lytton also has to deal with a new reporter Helena, a friend of the Australian proprietor. The rest of the newsroom is not happy that she has used connections to get here. Helena pursues a story of a tennis ace who is having marital strife, probably due to his philandering. Helena gets a story but Lytton is not happy about how she obtained it.

There is also a novel story of computer hacking at Buckingham Palace. It is just that no one knew at the time what hacking actually involved. I supposed you needed the palace computers to be using a modem.

Lytton wasted his time in this one. As the judge tells Lytton, it was the jury who found the pornographer's son not guilty!


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