Friday, 21 April 2017
First viewed : 18 April 1984
I wouldn't have recalled this without the help of the listings. This US series followed straight after The Master of Ballantrae finished at 11.30 pm and I watched a few minutes of it before going to bed. The series was a sort of prequel to the film classic with David Soul playing Rick Blaine, the Humphrey Bogart character.
The time slot will give you an idea of how successful it was. Only 5 episodes were made and in America the last two of those were broadcast as random space-fillers months after the opening trio. It makes you wonder why ITV bothered to buy it at all.
All I can remember is David Soul wandering around Morocco in a white suit looking more like Gary Numan than Bogey. As an interesting little footnote to that, Soul popped up a decade and a half later in the 1997 UK General election campaign, going on the stump to support his mate Martin Bell in his successful effort to unseat sleazy Tory Neil Hamilton at Tatton. Bell's trademark was a white suit.