The Main Chance

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] It was created by Edmund Ward and John Malcolm; the latter was a pseudonym for John Batt who was a practising solicitor. Batt also composed the theme music.[2]

The Main Chance
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GenreLegal drama
Created byEdmund Ward
John Malcolm
StarringJohn Stride
Kate O'Mara
Margaret Ashcroft
John Wentworth
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons4
No. of episodes45 episodes (list of episodes)
ProducerJohn Frankau
Production companyYorkshire Television
DistributorITV Studios
Original networkITV
Original release18 June 1969 (UK) –
18 July 1975 (UK)


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.


Home videoEdit

All four series have been released on DVD in the UK.[3]


  1. ^ "BFI Screenonline: Main Chance, the (1969–75)".
  2. ^ "THE MAIN CHANCE (Yorkshire TV 1969-1975)".
  3. ^ NetworkOn Air: The Main Chance DVD

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