Percy Toplis was born in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England, on August 22nd 1896 and died, shot dead while on the run, on June 6th 1920. Accused of murder (1920), he was to be the first person in modern English history to be found guilty in his absence by inquest. he had his tongue cut out before burial, and was buried in an unmarked grave in Penrith's Beacon Edge Cemetery on June the 9th. See more »
The BBC was not banned from repeating MM. If that was the case then why did the BBC license the series for release on video? The reason that MM hasn't been repeated is that it was historically a bunch of hokum. Don't get me wrong - entertaining hokum, I loved it when it was on TV and I bought it as soon as it came out. The historical adviser who worked with Bleasdale on the script was so incensed at the historical inaccuracies that he demanded his name be removed from the credits.
There were disturbances at Etaples but nothing on the scale of the riot depicted in MM. Percy Toplis was not at Etaples at the time of these disturbances (he was in Mesopotamia-Iraq), in fact he was never in Etaples.
That notwithstanding, the acting is excellent as is the script on purely entertainment grounds. Just don't leave watching this series with the idea that you've learnt something about the British Army in World War One - you have not.
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