Peter

"Welcome to bedlam."
— Peter Wingfield as Giles Seton

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The Men's Room
Soldier, Soldier
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Six Characters in Search of an Author
Trust Me
Sega
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Stella Artois
The Lifeboat
Alun Lewis
Degas and Pissarro Fall Out
Martin Chuzzlewit
Crocodile Shoes
Murder in Mind
Into the Fire
A Very Open Prison
Over Here
Murder Most Horrid
Call My Bluff
Highlander: The Series
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Strange World
Waiting for Lefty
Cold Feet
The Outer Limits
The Man Who Used to Be Me
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Viper

Character: Suave villain Giles Seton
Fashion statement: Three-piece suits and turtlenecks are in again
Deathless dialogue: (So many clichés, so little time. Here are a few...) Don't play coy with me.... I shall have to resort to more extreme measures.... I like to try new things.... Are you ready for another dance?... Now just relax. It might be fun.... It's amazing what can be done with plastic surgery these days.

"This is truth serum. Sorry, I lied."

Peter appeared in the "About Face" episode of Viper playing a corrupt engineer who creates a lookalike (Hawks) of the hero (Cole), in order to steal the Viper car.

Peter may not have had many lines in The Sentinel, but he makes up for it with Viper. Unfortunately, quantity doesn't mean quality. Watching the episode for the first time, I was too dazzled by how handsome Peter looked in a suit to notice just how bad the dialogue was. Transcribing it, however, is another thing! All that's missing is a fake mustache for Peter to twirl.

I have to commend Peter's talent for making some incredibly stilted dialogue sound natural rolling off his tongue. I think he used the "if I say the lines fast enough, maybe the audience won't notice how bad they are" acting technique!

Although it aired after The Sentinel, Viper was actually filmed first, and Peter got his role in The Sentinel — which is made by the same production company, Pet Fly — based on his work in Viper. Peter also got in trouble for a while with the Canadian acting union for auditioning for Viper without a work permit and then doing The Sentinel (even though he didn't audition for The Sentinel). The union later admitted that they just trying to send a message to Pet Fly to discourage them from hiring foreign actors without work permits instead of Canadians in the future.

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