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
Paul Hardwick ...
 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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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 Brilliant Use of Current Law in a 1984 scenario
8 October 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I really enjoyed this. So much that I found the book.

All the laws that were used to make a Police State were on the Statute Book.

Most probably still are! Things like printed matter having to have a Printed and Published by. Which allowed the authorities to suppress dissidents.

They even got the Car Licence Plates right. That was lucky as, as far as I know, the change had not been decided on at that time!

I saw it on TV at the time and would love to see it again.

I think of this as Edwood Woodwards best post-Callan part.

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