Just listened through these for the first time and, after a bit of internet research, was intrigued to find out that the president never actually appeared in the TV show.
It also hit me early on, seeing as I have just started on this (full-cast) journey ... realising that the two main players in this - Blake and Avon - are now no longer with us.
And then I listened to the interviews after Caged. They take on a different context now, despite being recorded in 2013-2014:
"The president ... Sadly our ... um ... loss on these is that, um, the wonderful, um, Jacqueline - the beautiful, fantastic, talented, joyful person - Jacqueline lives in, um, Africa. But, um, sadly that means we ... um, you know ... we've lost a villain, so um, what …"
“It was your idea wasn't it, on this? So, um, what David's done is very clever. Is ... to ... sort of take this ... invisible character from the series - the president, the character we never met but was often spoken of - and, um ... we've given that ... we've given him a role in this series of six stories as our, uh, uber-villain. And, um, any villain or uber-villain needs, uh um, needs a great actor to get to grips with it and we've ... we were lucky enough to persuade Hugh Fraser to join us on this journey."
They continue to refer to him almost exclusively as 'the old president' throughout the series. This does begin to grate a bit, especially when he has a large role in a story. Istm they should have given him a name at some point, although I imagine there is some sort of licensing reason why they didn't.
It really is a great first series and fits so well into the TV SHOW ,Hugh Fraser makes a deliciously suave President and balances out constant Servalan stories but glad she later returned to the role.But both are equally welcomed when on the discs.I always found this series ingrained itself into my mind mentally and especially some scenes in Warship I became convinced that they had actually been filmed so vivid the scenes would play out in my listening.