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Genrecrime drama
Directed byprincipally
Alan Grint
Laurence Moody
and others
StarringClive Owen
Simon Shepherd
Leslie Phillips
Peter Vaughan
Benjamin Whitrow
Stephen Tompkinson
Susannah Harker
Lynsey Baxter
Composer(s)Jan Hammer
Country of originUK
Original language(s)English
No. of series2
No. of episodes20
Executive producer(s)Ted Childs
Producer(s)Sarah Wilson
Running time50 min.
Original networkITV
Original release6 March 1990 – 4 June 1991

Chancer is a British television serial produced by Central Television for ITV. It tells the story of a likable conman and rogue (played by Clive Owen) at the end of the yuppie eighties. There were a total of twenty episodes, split into two series which aired on Tuesdays at 21:00 in 1990 and 1991.


Series One 1990[edit]

The first series concerned lead character Stephen Crane's (Clive Owen) attempts to save an ailing car firm. The plot is complicated when he is forced to reconcile himself with his past. Dates listed are original broadcast dates for ITV:

  1. "Weapons from the Wall" (6 March 1990)
  2. "Killing Floor" (13 March 1990)
  3. "Hazard" (20 March 1990)
  4. "Trust" (27 March 1990)
  5. "Pretenders" (3 April 1990)
  6. "Possessions" (10 April 1990)
  7. "Faith" (17 April 1990)
  8. "Lies" (24 April 1990)
  9. "Wreckage" (1 May 1990)
  10. "Sanctuary" (8 May 1990)
  11. "History" (15 May 1990)
  12. "Temptation" (22 May 1990)
  13. "Love" (29 May 1990)

Series Two 1991[edit]

Crane, now using his real name of Derek Love, assists his friend Piers, who has inherited a stately home and with it a financial nightmare. Dates listed are original broadcast dates for ITV:

  1. "Jo" (23 April 1991)
  2. "Ashes" (30 April 1991)
  3. "Secrets" (7 May 1991)
  4. "Remembrance" (14 May 1991)
  5. "Blood" (21 May 1991)
  6. "Fall" (28 May 1991)
  7. "Sacrifice" (4 June 1991)


The cast included Clive Owen, Susannah Harker, Leslie Phillips, Peter Vaughan, Simon Shepherd, Louise Lombard, Caroline Langrishe, Ralph Riach, Stephen Tompkinson, Benjamin Whitrow and Lynsey Baxter. The theme music was written by Jan Hammer. Christopher Eccleston had a small role of prison inmate in one of the episodes.

In 1991, Hammer's Miami Vice soundtrack "Crockett's Theme" was re-released with his Chancer theme tune as a double A-side after the former featured in a series of NatWest adverts. This release was a UK number 47 single.

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