Drama set in an nightmarish "1984"-style future, where government bureaucracy has run riot.
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 Jim Kyle (16 episodes, 1977-1978)
Robert Lang ...
 Herbert Skardon (16 episodes, 1977-1978)
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 Dave Brett (15 episodes, 1977-1978)
Paul Hardwick ...
 Faceless (11 episodes, 1977-1978)
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 Delly Lomas (8 episodes, 1977)
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 Lynn Blake (8 episodes, 1978)
Yvonne Mitchell ...
 Kate Smith (7 episodes, 1978)
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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 van_whistler@hotmail.co.uk

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Unusually for a 'totalitarian future' drama, this production depicts a government following a socialist agenda rather than a fascist one. See more »

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a great series ....it should be seen!
16 November 2009 | by (Melbourne, Australia) – See all my reviews

This series about an authoritarian Britain very much in the model of 1984 was timely in 1978 but even more so today.

With the overwhelming presence of CCTV, attempts to control the internet and the reluctance of the UK government to abide rulings that it destroy DNA samples of innocent persons picked up by the police but never charged or found not guilty in court cases and numerous reductions in civil rights because of "terrorism" etc. the scenario at the heart of "1990" is well and truly with us.

No wonder this series is not available on DVD ...the powers that be would be terrified of it!


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