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Cocky and charismatic entrepreneur, Ripley Holden, is a smalltown Donald Trump wannabe. His life's dream is to transform the fading seaside town of Blackpool into his very own Las Vegas. With unfailing confidence, Ripley hopes to court Blackpool's elite into backing his ambitious plan to turn a small-time casino into a glittering Vegas-style extravaganza, no matter the cost.

Those dreams turn into a nightmare when a dead body turns up in his newly opened establishment, The Yankee Dollar, and Ripley becomes the prime suspect. Investigating Officer, D.I. Peter Carlisle takes an instant dislike to Ripley and becomes even more determined to nail him once he takes a shine to his lovely wife, Natalie.

Elsewhere, Ripley's problems are compounded by his chaotic family life that spins increasingly out of control. Natalie, feeling totally unfulfilled in her life, not to mention in her marriage, succumbs to the charms of D.I. Carlisle, as her husband focuses on his money-making schemes. To add to the chaos, their teenage son Danny is in trouble with the police, and his daughter Shayanne, whom he adores, begins a relationship with a much older man, who, it turns out, is someone from Ripley's past.

Struggling to keep his business dream alive, and his family and friendships intact, Ripley, like the true gambler he is, holds onto one hope - that the good times are just around the corner. Now if only they'd solve that pesky murder...

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1x01 Episode 1
aired Nov 11, 2004


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  • Status Ended
  • Premiered Nov 11, 2004
  • Genre Drama, Music, Comedy, Mini-Series
  • Country United Kingdom
  • Network BBC One
  • Runtime 60 minutes
  • Links IMDb, TheTVDB


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