The Main Chance

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The Main Chance
GenreLegal drama
Created byJohn Malcolm
Edmund Ward
StarringJohn Stride
Kate O'Mara
Margaret Ashcroft
John Wentworth
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes45 episodes (list of episodes)
Producer(s)John Frankau
Production company(s)Yorkshire Television
DistributorITV Studios
Original networkITV
Original release18 June 1969 (UK) –
18 July 1975 (UK)

The Main Chance is a British television series first aired on ITV in four series between 1969 and 1975. It is a drama series that depicts the sudden transformation in the life of a solicitor, David Main (played by John Stride), after he moves from London to Leeds.[1]


In all, 45 episodes were aired, each around 45 to 50 minutes long and divided into three parts. The first series, shown in 1969, was in black and white. From then on the show went out in colour. The first series consisted of six episodes, while subsequent series contained thirteen episodes each. The three later series were transmitted in 1970, 1972 and 1975.

Media releases[edit]

All four series have been released on Region Two DVD.[2]



  1. ^ "BFI Screenonline: Main Chance, the (1969–75)".
  2. ^

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