Lytton's Diary (1985–1986)
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The Ancien Regime 

The owner of the Daily News makes Lytton an offer he can't refuse--or can he? While Lytton deliberates, he continues to pursue his hottest story: the link between a notorious French actress and a murderous Central American dictator.

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Derek Bennett

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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
Lee Walker Lee Walker ... Photographer
Steve Vicker Steve Vicker ... Second Photographer
Bernard Lloyd ... Henry
John Stride ... Wayne Monroe
Fiona Mollison ... Catherine Lytton
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The owner of the Daily News makes Lytton an offer he can't refuse--or can he? While Lytton deliberates, he continues to pursue his hottest story: the link between a notorious French actress and a murderous Central American dictator.

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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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David pretends to be Arts Editor of Oxford University's Isis Magazine. This is an actual student publication, established in 1892. See more »

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The Ancien Regime
8 November 2019 | by Prismark10See all my reviews

A French sex starlet gets all prudish and refused to film sex scenes for her new movie. Journalists from the Daily News discover that her new suitor in a fancy limousine is actually a former Latin American dictator.

This is just the kind of story tailor made for the newspaper. Although Lytton was in a spot of bother in the previous episode for handling stolen goods, a photo stolen from a judge's house. He withstood the pressure from the police and the newspaper's lawyer tells him nothing would come of it.

It does not stop the paper's journalists using blag techniques to get to a story. One of them pretending to source an American limo for singer George Michael.

John Hallam plays the former dictator, he looks deliciously evil but his accents wavers a bit.

Meanwhile Lytton is offered a promotion but it is the kind the wily old editor thinks Lytoon is ill suited for.

Again another story that makes out Lytton to be a good hearted crusader. He does not want to upset the editor and a former despot is bagged.


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