As portrayed by Peter Bowles (The Irish R.M., To the Manor Born), London gossip columnist Neville Lytton exudes a sophisticated charm that masks a tenacious commitment to his job. Whether ...
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As portrayed by Peter Bowles (The Irish R.M., To the Manor Born), London gossip columnist Neville Lytton exudes a sophisticated charm that masks a tenacious commitment to his job. Whether consorting with banking tycoons and ex-dictators or investigating a gang of skinheads, Lytton strives to expose the high and mighty, the corrupt and the crooked--and to make sure "God" (his editor at the Daily News) is happy with his work. All the while, Lytton struggles to keep his love life in order, write the one novel he feels he has in him, and fend off constant machinations and maneuvers of an old rival at the Daily Post. It's all part of the daily grind for Neville Lytton--and grist for the scandalous news mill.
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It doesn't sound particularly exciting or uplkifting to follow the adventures of a gossip columnist although at the time the press wasn't quite as much in the gutter as it is now. But surprisingly Lytton's Diary was one of my favourite shows back in the 80s shown only on regional German TV. The standard of writing is pretty high, the stories are well written, sometimes touching on controversial issiues and the characters are rather interestinbg. Lytton's Diary shows Fleet Street when it still was in Fleet Street although Murdoch was already on the scene. So in a way, today it actually makes you feel rather nostalgic. The show's greatest asset is leading man Peter Bowles here at his suave best. All in all: good, entertaining quality drama although it actually looks pretty dated today in terms of the very harsh contrasts and the cheap studio look.
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