Seconds Out (1981)

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Described as a "bittersweet" comedy, the British series Seconds Out starred the versatile Robert Lindsay as Pete Dodds, a young pro boxer who wanted to be "a contendah." Although Pete's abrasive personality proved irksome to his manager Dave Locket (Ken Jones) and trainer Tom Sprake (Lee Montague), both men had to admit that the kid had talent. In keeping with the series' pugilistic ambience, the 13 half-hour episodes bore such titles as "Round 1," "Round 2," "Round 3," and so forth. By the time "The Final Round" came around, Pete had punched his way up to the prestigious British Middleweight Championship. Seconds Out was broadcast by BBC1 in two short spurts, from January 6 to February 10, 1981, then from December 3, 1981 to January 21, 1982.