High Stakes

ITV (ended 2001)




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High Stakes was a British comedy which ran for 2 seasons in 2001. It took place in the Kendrick Maple investment bank, a bastion of tradition that had belatedly recognized a need to change. To achieve modernization, the bank appointed Nicholas Quinn (Jack Shepherd), a former treasury official and grandee of many major institutions, as chairman. The position brought him into conflict with Bruce Morton (Richard Wilson), a long-standing employee who had risen to managing director. Morton was outraged at Quinn's crassness and determination to upgrade, streamline, and revamp the company. While Quinn realized he and Morton did not see eye to eye, he believed he was gradually winning his colleague over to his way of thinking. Between the two men was Greg Hayden (Jason O'Mara), who, although loyal to his immediate boss Morton, often acted as mediator, trying to limit the fallout from their explosions.