TV series, 1981-1985
Drama series following the boardroom and bedroom intrigue of a PR agency and its people. Westgate PR company is plunged into crisis when one of the founders, Franklyn Westgate, dies. A power struggle develops between co-founder Warren Bartlett and Franklyn’s power-hungry widow Alice, who wants to see her son in charge. But young Ashley Westgate is a playboy and knows nothing about the business, and under his control the company sinks deeper into trouble. Meanwhile, the company’s art director, Ivor Kraft, is out for revenge after an accident caused by Ashley has left him scarred. Other characters include Olivia Grey, Warren Bartlett’s secretary and mistress; his wife Joan and daughter Samantha; famous camerman Greg Tremaine who’s romancing both Joan and Samantha; Ivor Kraft’s spiteful wife Myrna; and American advisor Bonny Thornton, who catches Ashley Westgate’s eye despite his mother’s disapproval.
In the second series, the intrigue spread to the fictional African state Letswana, where state leader Nelson Chingwe’s efforts to protect his people’s rights threaten the financial gains of businessman Raymond Sanderveldt and Letswana minister Kingdom Kunene.
Cast and Crew:
- Stella du Toit, Westgate ... Die Trefferreeks waarop almal wag. Radio en TV Dagboek, 31 August-6 September 1981, pp.72-75.
- Shirley Veal en Susan Groenewald, Staan Opsy, JR en kie... Radio en TV Dagboek, 26 April-2 May 1982, pp.22-23.
- Photos from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UxahM5HGyYE