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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)
Alan Igbon ...
 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)
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 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)
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 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)
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 Judge Critchley (4 episodes, 1991)
Ian Hartley ...
 Joel (4 episodes, 1991)
Christopher Halliday ...
 McKenzie (4 episodes, 1991)
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 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)
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 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)
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 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)
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 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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6 June 1991 (UK)  »

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Alan Bleasdale's G.B.H.  »

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Trivia

Alan Bleasdale originally offered the role of Michael Murray to Michael Palin. At that time, Robert Lindsay was busy working on a film in the USA and was not available. When Lindsay became available a few weeks later because his US project had fallen through, Bleasdale offered him the role of Michael Murray, saying that it was the part that he (Bleasdale) had always wanted Lindsay to play. Rather embarrassed, he asked Palin to play Jim Nelson instead. Michael Palin freely admits that Robert Lindsay portrayed Michael Murray far better than he (Palin) would have done. See more »

Quotes

[Eileen Critchley ties a scarf around her neck and holds out the ends to young Michael Murray]
Eileen Critchley: Pull it, Michael. Tight! Tight! Strangle me!
Young Michael Murray: But why?
Eileen Critchley: I want to know what happens next.
Young Michael Murray: But *I* don't.
Eileen Critchley: You *do* want to please me, don't you, Michael?
Young Michael Murray: I do! I do! I want to.
Eileen Critchley: Well then, do it! Tighter, Michael. Tighter. Watch me, Michael. Tighter.
[she begins to choke, banging her feet on the ground and hitting his legs with her hands]
Young Michael Murray: I can't Eileen. It's wrong!
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Superb quality TV drama
6 January 2004 | by (Tasmania) – See all my reviews

GBH is a remarkable miniseries: superbly written, directed and acted. The characterisations are especially outstanding, with some of the most genuinely nasty bad guys I've ever seen; though many of the main characters are multi-faceted, and evolve before your eyes as the series unfolds.

In part it's a story about how The Left can be manipulated by the Far Right; in other ways it is a character study, particularly of Palin's character - even if occasionally the comedy sits just a little uneasily with the drama. Given the series' intensity though, it's faintly amazing that they were able to get with some scenes at all.

I do have a few criticisms of GBH. At times it can be painfully slow, with some scenes which are stretched out for minutes, to no real purpose. Also, the eccentric, obnoxious hotel owner is obviously inspired by Basil Fawlty, and his antics get just a little distracting.

I would give GBH about 8.5, but to quote a record review I remember reading (actually it was of an Elvis Costello album, and Costello provides background music to the series), "by the standards of mortal craftsmanship, this is a wondrous thing indeed."


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