Wallace has connections both in the world of politics and the BBC. A rich industrialist, he made a fortune during the war by supplying arms to the British forces. He was duly rewarded after the war and made many powerful friends.
Wallace is happy to offer his children the class and education he lacked in life. He is also happy to help his daughter Marnie's husband, Hector, advance within the BBC through his personal connections — an investment on which he expects a good return.