A Very British Coup (1988)

TV Mini-Series  -   -  Drama
8.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.0/10 from 531 users  
Reviews: 18 user

Harry Perkins, steel worker and trade unionist from Sheffield, becomes Prime Minister of the UK by a landslide, partly because of corruption and public disillusionment with the Conservative... See full summary »

0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 48 titles
created 01 Dec 2011
 
a list of 49 titles
created 26 Mar 2013
 
a list of 39 titles
created 17 May 2013
 
a list of 48 titles
created 8 months ago
 
a list of 34 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Related Items


Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: A Very British Coup (1988– )

A Very British Coup (1988– ) on IMDb 8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of A Very British Coup.

Episodes

Seasons


Years



1  
1988  
6 wins & 4 nominations. See more awards »
Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

A Perfect Spy (TV Mini-Series 1987)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

This is the story of Magnus Pym, from his childhood to the end of his career in middle age. As a young man, there is little doubt that his father Rick was the most influential character in ... See full summary »

Stars: Ray McAnally, Rüdiger Weigang, Alan Howard
Boys from the Blackstuff (TV Mini-Series 1982)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Stars: Michael Angelis, Bernard Hill, Alan Igbon
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  

After a newspaper reporter helps expose a Member of Parliament as a possible spy, he finds that there's much more to the story than that.

Director: David Drury
Stars: Gabriel Byrne, Greta Scacchi, Denholm Elliott
Our Friends in the North (TV Mini-Series 1996)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

A nine part series depicting the varying fortunes of four friends - Nicky, Geordie, Mary and Tosker - from the optimistic times of 1964 to the uncertainties of 1995. Taking nine pivotal ... See full summary »

Stars: Christopher Eccleston, Mark Strong, Gina McKee
The Singing Detective (TV Series 1986)
Drama | Musical | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  

Tormented and bedridden by a debilitating disease, a mystery writer relives his detective stories through his imagination and hallucinations.

Stars: Michael Gambon, Patrick Malahide, Joanne Whalley
The Sandbaggers (1978–1980)
Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

The missions of an elite British Intelligence covert operations unit.

Stars: Roy Marsden, Ray Lonnen, Jerome Willis
Philby, Burgess and Maclean (TV Movie 1977)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  

Recruited by the Russians during their days at Cambridge, three young Englishmen rise to become high-ranked MI5 agents until their exposure in 1949.

Director: Gordon Flemyng
Stars: Anthony Bate, Derek Jacobi, Michael Culver
Between the Lines (1992–1994)
Crime | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

"Between The Lines" is set in the Complaints Investigation Bureau (CIB) - the department responsible for investigating other police officers - of London's Metropolitan Police. The first two... See full summary »

Stars: Neil Pearson, Tom Georgeson, Siobhan Redmond
Trinity (TV Series 2009)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7/10 X  
Stars: Charles Dance, Claire Skinner, Antonia Bernath
Reilly: Ace of Spies (TV Mini-Series 1983)
Crime | Drama | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

A dramatization of the missions and adventures of the greatest spy in British history.

Stars: Sam Neill, Michael Bryant, Norman Rodway
To Play the King (TV Mini-Series 1993)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  

Francis Urquhart, unscrupulous but cunning Conservative politician, managed to become the British prime minister and crush all significant opposition. But his survival on the top is ... See full summary »

Stars: Ian Richardson, Michael Kitchen, Kitty Aldridge
Spyship (TV Series 1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Stars: Tom Wilkinson, Peter Eyre, Lesley Nightingale
Edit

Cast

Complete series cast summary:
...
 The Cabinet - Harry Perkins (3 episodes, 1988)
Marjorie Yates ...
 The Cabinet - Cook (3 episodes, 1988)
Geoffrey Beevers ...
 The Cabinet - Wainwright (3 episodes, 1988)
Hugh Martin ...
 The Cabinet - Sampson (3 episodes, 1988)
...
 The Staff - Thompson (3 episodes, 1988)
...
 The Staff - Tweed (3 episodes, 1988)
...
 The Staff - Inspector Page (3 episodes, 1988)
Alan MacNaughton ...
 The Public Servants - Browne (3 episodes, 1988)
...
 The Public Servants - Fiennes (3 episodes, 1988)
Christine Kavanagh ...
 The Public Servants - Liz (3 episodes, 1988)
David McKail ...
 The Public Servants - Robertson (3 episodes, 1988)
...
 The Americans - Secretary of State (3 episodes, 1988)
...
 The Americans - President (3 episodes, 1988)
Clive Merrison ...
 The Media - TV Interviewer (3 episodes, 1988)
Philip Madoc ...
 The Media - Fison (3 episodes, 1988)
Jeremy Young ...
 The Media - Alford (3 episodes, 1988)
Stephanie Fayerman ...
 The Media - Editor (3 episodes, 1988)
...
 The People - Patel (3 episodes, 1988)
...
 The Cabinet - Newsome (2 episodes, 1988)
Roger Brierley ...
 The Cabinet - Andrews (2 episodes, 1988)
...
 The Americans - Chambers (2 episodes, 1988)
Robert Arden ...
 The Americans - Ambassador (2 episodes, 1988)
Clive Panto ...
 The Media - Producer (2 episodes, 1988)
Zulema Dene ...
 The Media - Vision Mixer (2 episodes, 1988)
Terry John ...
 The Media - Photographer (2 episodes, 1988)
...
 The Media - Photographer (2 episodes, 1988)
Jessica Carney ...
 The People - Maureen (2 episodes, 1988)
...
 The People - Annette (2 episodes, 1988)
Berwick Kaler ...
 The People - Smith (2 episodes, 1988)
Preston Lockwood ...
 The People - Lord Fain (2 episodes, 1988)
Edit

Storyline

Harry Perkins, steel worker and trade unionist from Sheffield, becomes Prime Minister of the UK by a landslide, partly because of corruption and public disillusionment with the Conservative Party and financial institutions of the City of London. The IMF, the military and their secret service "comrades" start to plot against of the elected PM. They are unhappy with the non-nuclear and neutral aspirations of his party (during the Cold War) and are supported in their fears by nationalistic media moguls. Quietly, the protagonist Harry is driven by an underlying desire to compensate for the corporate manslaughter of his granddad, "who were killed at work" when he was "splashed by molten steel". Harry inherited his shaving mug, nothing more, and was originally determined to see workers participate in decision making for safety on the job. As his national-political consciousness grew he formed a wider agenda for a reinvestment in health and education as well as public ownership of public ... Written by Shaunrey@yahoo.com

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

19 June 1988 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

Ena poly vretaniko praxikopima  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

(3 parts)

Sound Mix:

Color:

See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Connections

Featured in The Big Fat Anniversary Quiz (2007) See more »

Soundtracks

Great Mass in C Minor
Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (as Mozart)
Performed by London Symphony Orchestra & The London Symphony Chorus
Conducted by Colin Davis
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
Classic Political Flick
22 June 2011 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Director Mick Jackson who also created other classic flicks, Volcano 1997 and Threads 1984 has created another gem in A Very British Coup.

Starring Ray McNally who has also been in other classic flicks, My Left Foot 1989 and The Mission 1986.

Also starring Majorie Yates.

Also starring Geoffrey Beevers.

I enjoyed the whole game of "Politics" on display.

If you enjoyed this as much as I did the check out other classic political flicks, Salvador 1986, Nixon 1995, JFK 1991, In the Name of the Father 1993, Gandhi 1982, Bob Roberts 1992, Clear and Present Danger 1994, The Battle of Algiers 1966, Vantage Point 2008, Shooter 2007, Safe House 2012, The Devil's Double 2011, A Good Day to Die Hard 2013, Tough and Deadly 1995, White House Down 2013 and The Defender 2004.


1 of 2 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
The coup's already taken place bluefire-6
Discuss A Very British Coup (1988) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?