The One Game, Press Pack, Slides,Stills and Poster
original production material
This is a Press Pack of the 1988 Central Tv production, The One Game. Starring Stephen Dillane (Game of Thrones) and Patrick Malahide.
Nick Thorne (Dillane) is a businessman who has achieved success by marketing fantasy games. He finds himself drawn into a "reality game" by his former business partner Magnus (Malahide), whom Nick had forced out of their games company after its initial success. Called "The One Game", this sees Nick take on a series of challenges which force him to explore his past, while both his professional and personal life come under threat, a theme which would be later copied for the Michael Douglas film, The Game.
The production aimed at a surreal rather than a fantasy atmosphere, with an emphasis of only including narrative elements which could occur in real life. Writer John Brown worked an Arthurian theme into his scripts, with the idea that the story was about what would happen if
"Arthur said to Merlin after he'd helped set up the Kingdom, 'Get lost. I don't need you any more.'"
With Nick and Magnus as Arthur and Merlin, respectively; images such as a knife thrown into water, and a woman's hand rising from a lake, were likewise based on the legend of Excalibur. The theme song, "Saylom Dorma, and other incidental music by series composer Nigel Hess built on the use of celtic myth by incorporating welsh sounding gibberish.
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