In his breakout BBC role, Clive Owen smolders as Stephen Crane, swindler and purported savior of a struggling sports car company. Sacked from a bank, he lands at Douglas Motors, where he becomes surrogate son to the patriarch, confidant to the son-inlaw, and lover to the daughter. Meanwhile, he fends off his evil former boss, who’s bent on recovering a bundle of money. Series 2 (the final series) is 7 episodes; approx. 350 min. on 2 DVDs. More titles from Acorn Media
Weapons From the Wall
A fire nearly finishes Douglas Motors, a family-owned manufacturer of handcrafted roadsters. But investment analyst Stephen Crane underhandedly engineers a hefty infusion of cash to save it. With the help of his girlfriend Jo, Stephen also manages to line his own pockets.
As the victims of Stephen’s schemes begin to close in on him, the ingratiates himself with the Douglas family and closes a timely sale to a Japanese client. When the client’s check bounces, however, only Stephen’s quick thinking rescues the cars before shipment.
Stephen’s old nemesis hires Jo at his bank, knowing that she had conspired with Crane. Meanwhile, Stephen quits Douglas Motors for the prospect of a new job in London despite his attraction to the younger Douglas daughter, Victoria.
Determined to recoup his investment even if it means crushing Douglas Motors, Blake designs a business strategy based on a damning report. Stephen gets wind of the plan, filches the report, and wins back the trust of the company patriarch Robert Douglas.
Released from prison and casting aside his Stephen Crane alias, Derek Love immediately begins searching for his former love, Jo. But she flees to Piers’s country estate with her baby and is joined by her newfound friend Anna, a woman on the lam herself.
Assuming that he is baby Joseph’s father, Piers prepares to battle Franklyn for custody of the child. Meanwhile, Dex enlists Anna to help scam Franklyn’s newly opened casino, but Anna has her own designs on the money.
In an attempt to raise funds to refurbish Winterleigh, Dex and Piers hatch a plot to turn the estate into a private gambling club. First, though, they need a list of well-heeled patronswhich they aim to get from Franklyn’s casino by any means necessary.
Anna finds a series of Nativity drawings, possibly by Albrecht Dürer. Selling them might finance further work on Winterleigh, but their provenance remains mysterious. Meanwhile, Dex antagonizes the estate’s former caretakerwith disastrous results.
With money and membership records stolen from Franklyn, Winterleigh’s gambling club gets off to a smashing start, and Franklyn vows revenge. Then, just as the results of baby Joseph’s paternity test come in, Anna uncovers Jo’s long-lost letter revealing the child’s true father.
Roman, Anna’s ex-lover, secures his release from an African prison and begins tracking her down, bent on vengeance. And, with bankers threatening to pull financing for Franklyn’s proposed industrial park, the embattled businessman bargains for Dex’s help.
Having already kidnapped Jimmy Blake, Roman abducts baby Joseph, taking Anna with him. After asking for ransom, Roman phones Dex, saying ominously, "Come to the Holy Cityalone. You can be Abraham. I’ll be God."
"…so gripping that I took the phone off the hook."The Sun (UK)
"Slick."Sunday Times (UK)
"Chancer" is a perfect vehicle for the young Mr. Owen"The New York Times
"Owen has aged like a fine wine, and his star quality shines through in this compelling drama series."The Los Angeles Times
"Very Good - you'll find yourself rooting for Stephen Crane"San Francisco Chronicle
"Witty, fast-moving, dramatically complex, and totally engrossing. Highly Recommended."DVD Talk
"A great score, sleek direction, and well written characters make this a series that deserves to be explored."Cinmea-Crazed.com
#54/100 THE EW 100: "Watching Owen in Chancer is like looking at a foal you just know is gonna be a thoroughbred."Entertainment Weekly
"Rich characters and the chance to see young Owen play a charming rogue are the main selling points here."Deseret Morning News
"4/5 Stars - Perfect for anglophiles, add Chancer to the list of reasons why we absolutely love to love Clive Owen."Metrosource Magazine
"The TV role that launched Clive Owen's film career."The Baltimore Sun
"The stories are as dramatically complex as Crane is morally complicated and often compromised."Detroit Free Press
4/5 Stars "Perfect for anglophiles, add Chancer to the list of reasons why we absolutely love to love Clive Owen."Metrosource Magazine
"Great fun"Venice Magazine
"Both sly and intriguing, a combination only the Brits seem to be able to accomplish"McClatchy-Tribune News Service
"An outstanding example of British television"Blogcritics Magazine