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 Joey Thug 7 episodes, 1991
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 Lou Barnes 7 episodes, 1991
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 Scrawny Thug 7 episodes, 1991
Gary Mavers ...
 Billy Thug 7 episodes, 1991
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 Macker Thug 7 episodes, 1991
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 Fifth Thug 7 episodes, 1991
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 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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 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
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 Minder 3 4 episodes, 1991
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 Terry - Director of Education 4 episodes, 1991
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 Frank Twist 4 episodes, 1991
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 Judge Critchley 4 episodes, 1991
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 McKenzie 4 episodes, 1991
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 Red Neck Councillor 3 episodes, 1991
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 Mr Burns 3 episodes, 1991
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 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
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Dee Orr ...
 Schoolmistress 2 episodes, 1991
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Anthony Benson ...
 Norman - Treasurer 2 episodes, 1991
Phil Rowlands ...
 Bluff Policeman 2 episodes, 1991
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Ray Emmet Brown ...
 West Indian 2 episodes, 1991
David Scase ...
 Caretaker 2 2 episodes, 1991
Edward Clayton ...
 Chief Constable 2 episodes, 1991
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 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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Julie Walters plays Mrs. Lillian Murray, the mother of Michael Murray (Robert Lindsay). In real life Walters is a few months younger than Lindsay. See more »

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Michael Murray: Who won the last fight?
Franky Murray: The nigger in the fifth.
Michael Murray: Oh, come on! I can't tell my wife that! Come to think of it, I can't tell anyone that. Say "black people", for Christ's sake.
Franky Murray: The black people won in the fifth.
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Best Drama of the '90s
5 July 2002 | by (London, England) – See all my reviews

'GBH' set a formidable standard for TV drama to follow when it was first shown on Channel 4 in 1991, and nothing managed to better it. It is, superficially, the story of two men. The first is Michael Murray (Robert Lindsay), the brash leader of the council of an unnamed Northern city (but blatantly inspired by the Derek Hatton regime in 1980s Liverpool- only Hatton was never this fascinating!). Murray is, it seems a man who runs the town like a gangster and a 'baddie'. The other is Jim Nelson (Michael Palin in his best ever dramatic performance) the idealistic headmaster of a school for special needs children). The arena is set for a funny two-hour film about politicians and the common man. But 'GBH' is 11 hours long; we are taken into the deepest recesses of the two protagonists' minds- Murray is hounded by a memory from his schooldays and even in his brief moment of triumph suddenly shouts 'I wish I was a good man!' Nelson, although standing up to Murray, becomes shocked at his own courage, which leads to him seeking psychiatric help. Meanwhile, the scope of the series widens from local to national, with both men caught in a plot of ever-increasing complexity where our feelings for characters deepen with the revelations about them onscreen. Robert Young directs the series with astonishing cinematic flair and Alan Bleasdale shows again why he is as good a television writer as Dennis Potter, if not better. The incredible scope of the series puts it in the same league as the greatest mini-series of all, 'Edge of Darkness'. It encompasses heartbreaking tragedy (the electrocution scene) with hilarious comedy (Murray, stricken with a twitch and a 'Strangelove' arm, trying to find condoms in a hotel full of 'Doctor Who' fans) with consummate ease. It remains hard to find nowadays- the discontinued VHS release has been sold for exorbitant amounts - but it remains the jewel of 90s television and is not to be missed if you get the chance to see it.


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