Power Without Glory: episode guide

Episodes 1 - 9 | Episodes 10 - 18 | Episodes 19 - 26

Heads I Win, Tails You Lose

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Episode 1
Monday, June 21, 1976
Written by Howard Griffiths & Cliff Green
Directed by Oscar Whitbread

A journey spanning five decades, this series documents John West's life from his impoverished youth during the depression of the 1890's to his death as a self-made millionaire.

Out of work and struggling to just put food on the table, John comes up with a scheme for he and his mates to make some money by fixing pigeon races. Finding success, they move up to horses.©tzuk

Cast: Martin Vaughan as John West, Rosalind Speirs as Nellie, Heather Canning as Mrs Moran, Irene Inescort as Mrs West, Michael Aitkens as Piggy Lewis, George Mallaby as Barney Robinson, Sean Scully as Eddie Corrigan, John Bowman as Mick O'Connell, Tim Connor as Paddy Cummins, Alan Hardy as Jim Tracey, Peter Cummins as Det Sgt O'Flaherty, David Ravenswood as Sgt Devlin, Burt Cooper as Const. Brogan, Terry Gill as Const. Grieve, Les James as Alec, Sam Ramanov as Old Man, Malcolm Phillips as Mission Elder

Homecomings

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Episode 2
Monday, June 28, 1976
Written by Howard Griffiths
Directed by Keith Wilkes

John West's brother, Arthur, returns home an embittered man after 12 years in jail. John secures protection from the police for his betmaking operation but faces new competition for workers when the factory reopens. Arthur asks his brother to help a friend break out of prison. A rival bookmaker causes trouble and one of John's men goes to prison.©tzuk

Cast: Martin Vaughan as John West, Rosalind Speirs as Nellie, Heather Canning as Mrs Moran, Michael Aitkens as Piggy Lewis, George Mallaby as Barney Robinson, Tim Robertson as Arthur West, Irene Inescort as Mrs West, Tim Connor as Paddy Cummins, David Mitchell as Mick O'Connell, Sean Scully as Eddie Corrigan, David Ravenswood as Sgt Devlin, Burt Cooper as Const. Brogan, Terry Gill as Const. Grieve, Alan Hardy as Jim Tracey, Marnie Randall as Mrs Tracey, John Murphy as Father O'Toole, Richard Askew as Brendan, Gary Files as Heavy, Mary Marshall as Old Biddy

Friends and Neighbours

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Episode 3
Monday, July 05, 1976
Written by Howard Griffiths & Cliff Green
Directed by David Zweck

Jim Tracey gets out of prison looking to settle the score with John for not looking after his wife while he was inside. Despite increased precautions at the Tote, a police raid catches them unprepared. John escapes but faces a betrayal from one of his own. Nellie faces a choice between the two men who love her.©tzuk

Cast: Martin Vaughan as John West, Rosalind Speirs as Nellie, Heather Canning as Mrs Moran, Michael Aitkens as Piggy Lewis, George Mallaby as Barney Robinson, Tim Robertson as Arthur West, John Wood as Sugar Renfrey, Tim Connor as Paddy Cummins, John Bowman as Mick O'Connell, Peter Cummins as Det Sgt O'Flaherty, Claire Dobbin as Mrs O'Connell, Reg Evans as Bob Standish, Alan Hardy as Jim Tracey, John Murphy as Father O'Toole, David Ravenswood as Sgt Devlin, Sean Scully as Eddie Corrigan, Esme Melville as Mrs Finch [uncredited]

Legal Proceedings

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Episode 4
Monday, July 12, 1976
Written by Roger SImpson
Directed by Doug Sharp, John Gauci

John West hires an expensive barrister to represent his men who are facing gaming charges. Fortunately, the man's ethics are in line with John's and he suggests paying off the police's main witness. John proposes to Nellie but he is late for the engagement party when he is arrested on bribery charges. Through legal and other means, the case against John falls apart.©tzuk

Cast: Martin Vaughan as John West, Rosalind Speirs as Nellie, Heather Canning as Mrs Moran, Leon Lissek as David Garside, Michael Aitkens as Piggy Lewis, George Mallaby as Barney Robinson, Tim Robertson as Arthur West, John Wood as Sugar Renfrey, Tim Connor as Paddy Cummins, Irene Inescort as Mrs West, Peter Cummins as Det Sgt O'Flaherty, John Murphy as Father O'Toole, Michael Duffield as Magistrate, Reg Evans as Bob Standish, Norman Kaye as Prosecuting Sergeant, Matthew King as Constable, Frank Spencer as Sergeant, Bill Stacey as Cabbie, Leila Hayes as Florrie Robinson

A Remedy Against Sin

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Episode 5
Monday, July 19, 1976
Written by Sonia Borg
Directed by Douglas Sharp

Rumours give Nellie some last-minute doubts about her marriage to John and she seeks Father O'Tool's advice. John helps and old friend and gets rid of a thorn in his side once and for all.©tzuk

Cast: Martin Vaughan as John West, Rosalind Speirs as Nellie, Heather Canning as Mrs Moran, Irene Inescort as Mrs West, John Wood as Sugar Renfrey, Michael Aitkens as Piggy Lewis, George Mallaby as Barney Robinson, Tim Connor as Paddy Cummins, Tim Robertson as Arthur West, Leon Lissek as David Garside, Sean Scully as Eddie Corrigan, John Murphy as Father O'Toole, Leila Hayes as Florrie Robinson, Reg Evans as Bob Standish, David Ravenswood as Sgt Devlin, Esme Melville as Mrs Finch, Ray Burgess as Captain

Stalwarts Of Labor

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Episode 6
Monday, July 26, 1976
Written by Howard Griffiths
Directed by Keith Wilkes

With pending gaming legislation that could shut down his tote, John shifts his focus to politics and backs an independant candidate in the local by-election. John buys a house. John provides the money for the bribes Arthur must make to break his friend, a convicted killer, out of prison.©tzuk

Cast: Martin Vaughan as John West, Rosalind Speirs as Nellie, Heather Canning as Mrs Moran, Leon Lissek as David Garside, Michael Aitkens as Piggy Lewis, George Mallaby as Barney Robinson, Tim Robertson as Arthur West, John Wood as Sugar Renfrey, Tim Connor as Paddy Cummins, Irene Inescort as Mrs West, Sean Scully as Eddie Corrigan, Barry Hill as Frank Ashton, Frank Wilson as Tom Trumbleward, Telford Jackson as Jim Francis, Gerard Kennedy as Dick Bradley, Jonathan Hardy as Rev. Joggins, Elaine Baillie as Martha Ashton, Brendan Cassidy as Morrison, Roger Boyce as Gregg, Paul Young as Warder, Vernon Wells as Returning Officer, Sylvia Colbert as Mrs Simpson, Jack Brown as Baliff's Man, Roger Neave as Policeman

Law And Order

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Episode 7
Monday, August 02, 1976
Written by John Martin
Directed by David Zweck

Sgt O'Flaherty, now running the Gaming Squad, steps up his pursuit of John West, a freshly minted millionaire. John has plenty of other officers on his payroll, including the Chief Commissioner of Police but when the police occupy the Tote after another raid, John turns to the legal system hoping to force the Chief Commissioner to retire and doubling down on the opponents of gaming by proposing a state-wide ban on all gambling. Fearing the fallout of a scandalous newspaper article, John escalates matters. Nellie is expecting her and John's first child. New gaming legislation shuts down the Tote for good.©tzuk

Cast: Martin Vaughan as John West, Rosalind Speirs as Nellie, Irene Inescort as Mrs West, Heather Canning as Mrs Moran, Tim Robertson as Arthur West, John Wood as Sugar Renfrey, George Mallaby as Barney Robinson, Michael Aitkens as Piggy Lewis, Tim Connor as Paddy Cummins, Leon Lissek as David Garside, Peter Cummins as Det Sgt O'Flaherty, Terri Aldred as Mrs O'Flaherty, Keith Eden as Commissioner Callinan, Frank Wilson as Tom Trumbleward, Barry Hill as Frank Ashton, Stephen Oldfield as Const. Baddson, Tony Hawkins as Det. Roberts, Hugh Price as Const. Harris, Matthew King as Const. Logan, Ivor Bowyer as 1st Reporter, John Gibson as 2nd Reporter, Robyn Gurney as Maid

An Honourable Estate

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Episode 8
Monday, August 09, 1976
Written by Cliff Green
Directed by Douglas Sharp

With the closure of the Tote, John has severed his ties with Carringbush and shifted his focus to horse racing and winning the Victoria Cup. Despite the increased scrutiny surrounding the major sporting event, John is determined to use his influence to guarantee a result for his new horse. His victory is challenged and John receives a lifetime disqualification. Nellie gives birth to a daughter and John's brother Arthur is married. Nellie learns John was behind the bombing of Sgt O'Flaherty's house. ©tzuk

Cast: Martin Vaughan as John West, Rosalind Speirs as Nellie, Heather Canning as Mrs Moran, Irene Inescort as Mrs West, Michael Aitkens as Piggy Lewis, George Mallaby as Barney Robinson, Tim Connor as Paddy Cummins, Tim Robertson as Arthur West, Kerry Dwyer as Dolly West, Leon Lissek as David Garside, Terence Donovan as Frank Lammence, Leila Hayes as Florrie Robinson, Reg Dell as Doctor, Bunty Bell as Nurse, Hannah Govan as Nanny, Robyn Gurney as Maid, Vivien Gray as Jane, Mary Ward as Edith, Ron Pinnell as Trainer, Bill Londregan as Jockey

Life Goes On

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Episode 9
Monday, August 16, 1976
Written by Tom Hegarty
Directed by John Gauci

Ten years have passed and John West has branched out once again, this time into the world of boxing. MLA Frank Ashton has his eye on a federal seat. John makes the difficult decision to cut ties with a longtime friend and colleague by promoting him to an out-of-the-way job. John's mother dies in her Carringbush home. Arthur devestated and John learns she never spend the money he was sending her. With John and Nellie growing apart, Nellie finds herself drawn to a labourer from Carringbush. ©tzuk

Cast: Martin Vaughan as John West, Rosalind Speirs as Nellie, John Hargreaves as Bill Evans, Heather Canning as Mrs Moran, Irene Inescort as Mrs West, Leon Lissek as David Garside, Terence Donovan as Frank Lammence, George Mallaby as Barney Robinson, Tim Robertson as Arthur West, Michael Aitkens as Piggy Lewis, John Wood as Sugar Renfrey, Gerard Kennedy as Dick Bradley, Barry Hill as Frank Ashton, Kerry Dwyer as Dolly West, Leila Hayes as Florrie Robinson, Gil Tucker as Lou Darby, Gus Mercurio as Sparring Partner, John Murphy as Father O'Toole, Angela Parry-Marshall as Ann Bradley, Hannah Govan as Mrs Healey, Robyn Gurney as Kate, Karen Taylor as Marjorie West, Kristina McCallum as Mary West, Simon Riecelt as Brendan West

Episodes 1.10 - 1.18