In a dystopian future, Britain is under the grip of the Home Office's Public Control Department (PCD), a tyrannically oppressive bureaucracy riding roughshod over the population's civil liberties.




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Series cast summary:
 Herbert Skardon 16 episodes, 1977-1978
 Delly Lomas 8 episodes, 1977
 Lynn Blake 8 episodes, 1978
 Kate Smith 7 episodes, 1978


Great Britain, 1990. The population is now governed by an increasingly corrupt bureaucracy headed by the Home Secretary and backed by the tyrannical Public Control Department (PCD), who have done away with the rights of the individual and maintain control through ID cards, rationing, censorship and electronic/audio/physical surveillance. Free speech is forbidden. The rule of law no longer protects the weak and defenseless. Emigration is impossible. But escape is not, thanks to rebels like Jim Kyle (Edward Woodward), a journalist and secret dissident who battles the forces of the Establishment, but constantly faces imprisonment or death (or worse) at the hands of the PCD and its ruthless controller Herbert Skardon. Written by

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Release Date:

18 September 1977 (UK)  »

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(16 episodes)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Timely tale of the way our world is going.
26 October 2002 | by See all my reviews

It only takes a show like this to show us how much freedom we take for granted. I have never seen this series, I merely stumbled upon it while doing a search on Edward Woodward, but I had to stop and pause. How prescient it is that I would find this. Many will scoff and say hey it cannot happen here. I beg to differ, it was only a few short years ago when President Clinton proposed the national Identity Card, think about how many times your Social Security number is used for things other than its intended purpose. Soundex number on a drivers license, school ID number. What else? Camera's are going up everywhere and who really gets the video feeds from all these CCtv devices? And don't even get me started on Verichips and Digital Angel. It only takes a few of us to sit by, stop thinking and do nothing for this to happen. I personally wish the BBC woud bring this series to DVD both for sale at home and abroad, we need it. To remind ourselves, that one man's security is another man's prison.

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