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 Michael Murray (7 episodes, 1991)
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 Jim Nelson (7 episodes, 1991)
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 Laura Nelson (7 episodes, 1991)
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 Teddy (7 episodes, 1991)
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 Peter (7 episodes, 1991)
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 Franky Murray (7 episodes, 1991)
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 Mrs. Murray (7 episodes, 1991)
Paul Oldham ...
 Joey Thug (7 episodes, 1991)
Tom Georgeson ...
 Lou Barnes (7 episodes, 1991)
Chris Hargreaves ...
 Scrawny Thug (7 episodes, 1991)
Gary Mavers ...
 Billy Thug (7 episodes, 1991)
Wayne Foskett ...
 Macker Thug (7 episodes, 1991)
Karl Barry ...
 Fifth Thug (7 episodes, 1991)
Paul Daneman ...
 Mervyn Sloan (7 episodes, 1991)
Peter-Hugo Daly ...
 Bubbles (7 episodes, 1991)
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 Eileen Critchley (7 episodes, 1991)
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 Barbara Douglas (6 episodes, 1991)
Edward Mallon ...
 Mark Nelson (6 episodes, 1991)
Hayley Fairclough ...
 Jessica Nelson (6 episodes, 1991)
Michael Angelis ...
 Martin Niarchos (6 episodes, 1991)
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 Susan Nelson (6 episodes, 1991)
David Ross ...
 Mr Weller (6 episodes, 1991)
Jimmy Mulville ...
 Researcher (6 episodes, 1991)
Stephen Hall ...
 Young Michael Murray (6 episodes, 1991)
Bill Stewart ...
 Geoff (5 episodes, 1991)
Gareth Tudor Price ...
 Richard Grenville (5 episodes, 1991)
Michelle Atkinson ...
 Young Barbara (5 episodes, 1991)
John Henshaw ...
 Minder 1 (4 episodes, 1991)
Al Brierley ...
 Minder 2 (4 episodes, 1991)
Sean Naughton ...
 Minder 3 (4 episodes, 1991)
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 Terry - Director of Education (4 episodes, 1991)
Ayesa Toure ...
 Monica (4 episodes, 1991)
Julia St John ...
 Diane Niarchos (4 episodes, 1991)
Colin Douglas ...
 Frank Twist (4 episodes, 1991)
Clifford Rose ...
 Judge Critchley (4 episodes, 1991)
Ian Hartley ...
 Joel (4 episodes, 1991)
Christopher Halliday ...
 McKenzie (4 episodes, 1991)
Daniel Massey ...
 Grosvenor (3 episodes, 1991)
Judith Barker ...
 Margie (3 episodes, 1991)
Kelvin Jordon ...
 Tommy (3 episodes, 1991)
Paula Bartlett ...
 Rachel (3 episodes, 1991)
Michael Fernandez ...
 Jake (3 episodes, 1991)
Debra Gillett ...
 Sylvia (3 episodes, 1991)
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 Dr Jacobs (3 episodes, 1991)
Norman Mills ...
 Red Neck Councillor (3 episodes, 1991)
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 Mr Burns (3 episodes, 1991)
Arthur Spreckley ...
 Grandfather Burns (3 episodes, 1991)
Jean Anderson ...
 Dr. Goldup (3 episodes, 1991)
Rachel Laurence ...
 Hotel Receptionist (3 episodes, 1991)
Jake Abraham ...
 Black Waiter (3 episodes, 1991)
William Franklyn ...
 Distinguished Gent (3 episodes, 1991)
Noreen Kershaw ...
 Maureen Murray (3 episodes, 1991)
Jim Pope ...
 Presenter (3 episodes, 1991)
Daniel Street-Brown ...
 Robby Burns (2 episodes, 1991)
Serena Harragin ...
 Miss Hutchinson (2 episodes, 1991)
Chris Darwin ...
 Barry (2 episodes, 1991)
Ken Kitson ...
 Vince (2 episodes, 1991)
James Tomlinson ...
 Stan (2 episodes, 1991)
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 Beth (2 episodes, 1991)
Dee Orr ...
 Schoolmistress (2 episodes, 1991)
Cliff Howells ...
 Cartwright / ... (2 episodes, 1991)
Anthony Benson ...
 Norman - Treasurer (2 episodes, 1991)
Phil Rowlands ...
 Bluff Policeman (2 episodes, 1991)
Kulvinder Ghir ...
 Ravi (2 episodes, 1991)
Ray Emmet Brown ...
 West Indian (2 episodes, 1991)
David Scase ...
 Caretaker 2 (2 episodes, 1991)
Edward Clayton ...
 Chief Constable (2 episodes, 1991)
Peter Faulkner ...
 Radio Journalist (2 episodes, 1991)
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Michael Murray is an ambitious and charismatic politician, Jim Nelson is a much loved headmaster of a local school for disturbed children. When the paths of these two men cross, things are destined never to be the same again. Written by Anonymous

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A savage indictment of power.

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Michael Murray's wife Maureen (played by Noreen Kershaw) is only ever heard; her face is never seen. See more »

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[waiting for Sloan outside a room where's he's making a speech, Murray sees a sign saying "Pavement Acquaintance Society"]
Michael Murray: What's that all about?
Peter Grenville: Trotsky. It's to prove the Party's got a sense of humour. "If you cannot convince a Fascist, acquaint his head with the pavement."
Michael Murray: [laughs] Wise old twat, Trotsky.
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The very best of British
17 February 2004 | by (Manchester) – See all my reviews

This is British drama at it's ultimate. There has been little to touch it since it's release. Bleasedale's script is full of twists and turns taking you from outright hatred and revulsion of the main characters through pity, sympathy and finally on to adoration.

The story is truly mesmerising, on the face of it a plain story of extreme left-wing politics in local government. So very typical of the late 70's and early 80's Britain and led to the phrase "Loony Left".

As the story progresses we learn that not all is quite what it seems. Michael Murray (Robert Linsay) is shown to be just as much of a pawn of the system, as the wretched Jim Nelson (Michael Palin) who he tries to take down in the first few episodes.

The acting is powerful, and way beyond what is expected of a TV drama. Look out for many of Bleasedale's favourite actors throughout the story.

Sadly this was one of the last real dramas produced and funded by UK Channel 4 before they were forced by the UK government to produce more 'popular' programming. A move that eventually forced C4 from becoming the major source of funding for British film, into nothing more than a proud sponsor.


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