A Very British Coup (1988)

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 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)
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 The Staff - Thompson (3 episodes, 1988)
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 The Staff - Tweed (3 episodes, 1988)
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 The Staff - Inspector Page (3 episodes, 1988)
Alan MacNaughton ...
 The Public Servants - Browne (3 episodes, 1988)
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 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)
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 The Americans - Secretary of State (3 episodes, 1988)
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 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)
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 The People - Patel (3 episodes, 1988)
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 The Cabinet - Newsome (2 episodes, 1988)
Roger Brierley ...
 The Cabinet - Andrews (2 episodes, 1988)
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 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)
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 The Media - Photographer (2 episodes, 1988)
Jessica Carney ...
 The People - Maureen (2 episodes, 1988)
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 The People - Annette (2 episodes, 1988)
Berwick Kaler ...
 The People - Smith (2 episodes, 1988)
Preston Lockwood ...
 The People - Lord Fain (2 episodes, 1988)
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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

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Brilliant and scary. It should be shown before any national election.
21 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The quality of the acting is very high. The pacing is excellent, there are no slow moments. It is interesting to watch the interplay between the Americans and the British, especially regarding the Blair government's position on Iraq, even in light of the famous Downing Street memorandum. One must listen to the interview with the author of the original book, who now serves in the UK government, to see how chilling this story is. I would rank it along side the excellent film The Siege, which was a prescient view of NYC under attack pre-9/11. Several years later there were BBC/Masterpiece Theatre stories about UK politics which starred Ian Richardson. This work ranks with those productions. American films, like The Manchurian Candidate or Seven Days in May have some of the same power but seem much simpler in their construction. One could make a fascinating film about the 1968 Chicago Democratic convention, or the 2000 Florida recount drama.


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