Master of the Game | 1983
Sidney Sheldon's colorful, best-selling saga of a dynasty that made a fortune in diamonds was the basis of this three-part miniseries spanning over a century, beginning with a young Scotsman (Ian Charleson) going to South Africa to seek his fortune and vowing revenge against the local merchant (Donald Pleasence) who has done him wrong, seducing the latter's sheltered daughter. Their daughter, portrayed from ages 17 to 90 by Dyan Cannon, becomes the driven, power-hungry head of the family's corporate empire that ultimately is nearly torn apart by the twin daughters (Liane Langland) of her weak-willed son (Harry Hamlin).
Filmed on location in Kenya, England, France and New York by two directors, the lavish production returns Leslie Caron (as the family governess) to the television cameras for the first time since "QB VII" (1974) and presents Ian Charleson (Eric Liddell in "Chariots of Fire") in his American TV debut. Composer Allyn Ferguson received an Emmy Award nomination for his score.