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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)
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)
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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)
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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Alan Bleasdale's G.B.H.  »

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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 »

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[Jake, an unruly hyperactive boy, has been annoying all the guests at the hotel when the Nelsons and the Niarchoses are staying. He throws a model aircraft which lands in Diane Niarchos's lap and then bangs into her as he retrieves it]
Diane Niarchos: [to Laura Nelson] That child is the finest advert for contraception I've ever seen.
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engrossing, wonderful, powerful etc etc
9 August 2004 | by (London) – See all my reviews

I dont know what it was in the 90's but UK TV produced GBH, Our Friends in the North and Prime Suspect.

My favourite was GBH, it is so substantially long that all characters receive the fleshing out they deserve, some episodes are hard hitting drama, others are on a smaller more personal level and others are out and out hilarious (one commentator mentions the daleks scene which was verging on slapstick in the midst of high drama and yet it worked perfectly).

Simple to follow yet complicated plot, great all round performances cemented by towering contributions from Robert Lynsey and Michael Palin, while the script wears its heart on its sleeve it does not become too sentimental, nor does it lecture.

Perfect television, and criminally unreleased on dvd, Channel 4 would make a packet if they repeated it then released a spec edition.


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