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Sid Halley (Mike Gwilym), champion steeplechase jockey, suffers a devastating injury in a fall that ends his career. He sinks into self-pity until his aristocratic father-in-law bullies him into trying something new: becoming a private detective. Aided by his partner, Chico Barnes (Mick Ford), a great literary gumshoe emerges as Halley regains his dignity, faces his vulnerability, and finds new meaning in life. Based on the novel Odds Against and other stories by former jockey and bestselling author Dick Francis, this series goes inside the cutthroat world of British horseracing. As owners scheme, bookies connive, and greed leads to murder, Halley uses what he learned as a jockey to expose the scoundrels. These six mysteries aired on Britain's ITV in 1979-80, and came to the U.S. via PBS's Mystery! series in 1980.
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I would think Francis' books would be hard to film as they are first-person stories with a great deal going on in the mind of the hero, however I was impressed with this production. Sid Halley has always been one of my favorite Francis characters and thought he was well presented.
The quality of the actual product was excellent. The quality of the acting & filming were about what I expected from an older, English based program. I like Dick Francis's works and Sid Halley is my favorite character so I found this acceptable but I do not think they were really worth what I paid for them.