The Dick Francis Thriller - The Racing Game
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.