Ian Struan Dunross is chairman of Struan & Company, the oldest and largest of the British-East Asia trading companies. To the Chinese, that also makes him "Tai-Pan" ("supreme leader") of ... See full summary »
An Irish tough-guy debt collector is asked by his local community to help rid the town of developers bent on building a chemical plant on the outskirts of town. The developers are ruthless ... See full summary »
John Preston is a British Agent with the task of preventing the Russians detonating a nuclear explosion next to an American base in the UK. The Russians are hoping this will shatter the "special relationship" between the two countries.
A train with hostages is stolen in Bremen, Germany. It's heading south through Europe with a nuclear bomb. A UN crime-fighting task force is in charge of stopping it in cooperation with local military and police.
A French anthropologist specializing in nomadic groups moves to Los Angeles with his wife, and starts following a group of sinister street punks who seem to live and move around in a black van. But they aren't what they seem.
Anna Maria Monticelli
I'm giving this series a "6" because the acting and production standards are high. But this was the Masterpiece Theatre series that broke me of the habit of watching Masterpiece Theatre. It was one thing to watch a series about "The First Churchills" or "King Edward VII", because they were historical figures of importance. But Lady Astor? She was the first woman elected to be a member of Britain's Parliament, and was outspoken...some would say courageous. But she did not do anything of note - there is no major legislation connected to her. She was also wrong-headed. She was an anti-Semite and a member of the appeasement group known as "the Cliveden" set (named for the home of her and her husband, Cliveden, where the group met). Why honor her? My guess was that it seemed she was interesting, as she was of American birth and rose in British society. So what about that? I would have preferred a series of some other figure - if they had to do one on appeasers they could have done Nevil Chamberlain (Eric Porter did play him - rather sympathetically - in WINSTON CHURCHILL: THE WILDERNESS YEARS, with Robert Hardy as Churchill). Chamberlain had a career before 1938 when he did a series of government reforms on taxes and on simplifying the laws. Had he not got fooled by himself and Hitler at Munich he was trying to reform the British educational system. Now that actually is interesting. But Chamberlain had no American roots. It really was a waste of a series.
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