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Release Date:
6 June 1991 (UK) See more »
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Tagline:
A savage indictment of power.
Plot:
Michael Murray is an ambitious and charismatic politician, Jim Nelson is a much loved headmaster of a local school for disturbed children... See more »
Awards:
5 wins & 7 nominations See more »
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The very best of British See more (9 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 68 of 69)

Robert Lindsay ... Michael Murray (7 episodes, 1991)

Michael Palin ... Jim Nelson (7 episodes, 1991)

Dearbhla Molloy ... Laura Nelson (7 episodes, 1991)
Alan Igbon ... Teddy (7 episodes, 1991)

Andrew Schofield ... Peter (7 episodes, 1991)

Philip Whitchurch ... Franky Murray (7 episodes, 1991)

Julie Walters ... 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)
Jane Danson ... Eileen Critchley (7 episodes, 1991)

Lindsay Duncan ... 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)

Anna Friel ... 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)

Paul Butterworth ... 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)

John Shrapnel ... Dr Jacobs (3 episodes, 1991)
Norman Mills ... Red Neck Councillor (3 episodes, 1991)
Peter Armitage ... 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)

Amanda Mealing ... 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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Series Directed by
Robert Young (7 episodes, 1991)
 
Series Writing credits
Alan Bleasdale (7 episodes, 1991)

Series Produced by
Alan Bleasdale .... producer (7 episodes, 1991)
David E. Jones .... producer (7 episodes, 1991)
Verity Lambert .... executive producer (7 episodes, 1991)

Peter Ansorge .... commissioning editor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Original Music by
Elvis Costello (7 episodes, 1991)
Richard Harvey (7 episodes, 1991)
 
Series Cinematography by
Peter Jessop (7 episodes, 1991)
 
Series Film Editing by
Anthony Ham (4 episodes, 1991)
Oral Norrie Ottey (4 episodes, 1991)
 
Series Casting by
Ann Fielden (7 episodes, 1991)
 
Series Production Design by
Martyn Hebert (7 episodes, 1991)
 
Series Art Direction by
Andrew Rothschild (7 episodes, 1991)
 
Series Costume Design by
Mike O'Neill (7 episodes, 1991)
 
Series Makeup Department
Jan Hope-Kavanagh .... hair stylist (7 episodes, 1991)
Rupert Simon .... additional hair stylist / additional makeup artist (7 episodes, 1991)
Anne Spiers .... makeup designer / makeup (7 episodes, 1991)
Kate Lewis-Badgett .... makeup assistant (2 episodes, 1991)
 
Series Production Management
Caroline Hewitt .... production manager (7 episodes, 1991)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Christopher Newman .... assistant director / first assistant director (7 episodes, 1991)
Carl Oprey .... assistant director / third assistant director (7 episodes, 1991)
Keith Young .... second assistant director (2 episodes, 1991)
 
Series Art Department
Alan Bailey .... props master (2 episodes, 1991)
John Bailey .... chargehand dresser (2 episodes, 1991)
Graham Baker .... stand-by rigger (2 episodes, 1991)
Jim Carlisle .... construction manager (2 episodes, 1991)
Gillie Delap .... props buyer (2 episodes, 1991)
Brian Eatough .... carpenter (2 episodes, 1991)
Billy Edwards .... stand-by stagehand (2 episodes, 1991)
Danny Evans .... dressing props (2 episodes, 1991)
Christopher Mason .... painter (2 episodes, 1991)
Jim McNeil .... carpenter (2 episodes, 1991)
Harry Pickering .... props runaround (2 episodes, 1991)
Ian Rodgers .... stand-by painter (2 episodes, 1991)
Jed Shaw .... stand-by carpenter (2 episodes, 1991)
Kieron Smith .... props stand-by (2 episodes, 1991)
Graham Stickley .... stand-by props (2 episodes, 1991)
Mark Stonehouse .... assistant art director (2 episodes, 1991)
Emma Tonge .... art department assistant (2 episodes, 1991)
Steve Wheeler .... stand-by props (2 episodes, 1991)
 
Series Sound Department
Shona Auerbach .... sound assistant (7 episodes, 1991)
Colin Miller .... dubbing editor (7 episodes, 1991)
Phil Smith .... sound recordist (7 episodes, 1991)
Aad Wirtz .... dubbing mixer (7 episodes, 1991)
Tony Cooper .... boom operator (2 episodes, 1991)
Martin Crane .... assistant dubbing editor (2 episodes, 1991)
Richard Dunford .... dubbing editor (2 episodes, 1991)
Peter Glossop .... sound recordist (2 episodes, 1991)
Jacques Leroide .... footsteps editor (2 episodes, 1991)
Steve Maguire .... assistant dubbing editor (2 episodes, 1991)
Steve O'Brien .... boom operator (2 episodes, 1991)
Adrian Rhodes .... dubbing mixer (2 episodes, 1991)
Elaine 'Chucks' Thomas .... assistant dubbing editor (2 episodes, 1991)
 
Series Special Effects by
Yves De Bono .... special effects (2 episodes, 1991)
Ian Scoones .... special effects (2 episodes, 1991)
 
Series Stunts
Andy Bradford .... stuntman (2 episodes, 1991)
Tracey Eddon .... stuntwoman (2 episodes, 1991)
Jeff Hewitt-Davis .... stuntman (2 episodes, 1991)
Sy Hollands .... stuntwoman (2 episodes, 1991)
Vincent Keane .... stuntman (2 episodes, 1991)
Tina Maskell .... stuntwoman (2 episodes, 1991)
Wayne Michaels .... stuntman (2 episodes, 1991)
Lex Milloy .... stuntman (2 episodes, 1991)
Gerard Naprous .... stuntman (2 episodes, 1991)
Jim Ryan .... stuntman (2 episodes, 1991)
Stuart St. Paul .... stunt coordinator (2 episodes, 1991)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
John Maskall .... camera operator (7 episodes, 1991)
Steve Blake .... gaffer (4 episodes, 1991)
Sophie Baker .... still photographer (2 episodes, 1991)
Jonathan Earp .... clapper loader (2 episodes, 1991)
Dave Foster .... camera car (2 episodes, 1991)
John Foster .... clapper loader (2 episodes, 1991)
Mark Gay .... electrician (2 episodes, 1991)
John Gracey .... electrician (2 episodes, 1991)
Tony Hughes .... best boy (2 episodes, 1991)
Geoff Latham .... electrician (2 episodes, 1991)
Dick Lee .... grip (2 episodes, 1991)
Ronnie McKay .... best boy (2 episodes, 1991)
David Morgan .... focus puller (2 episodes, 1991)
Tom O'Sullivan .... electrician (2 episodes, 1991)
Frank Sheeky .... electrician (2 episodes, 1991)
Martin Stephens .... focus puller (2 episodes, 1991)
William Tracey .... electrician (2 episodes, 1991)

Dickie Lee .... key grip (unknown episodes)
 
Series Casting Department
Karen Evans .... casting assistant (2 episodes, 1991)
David Johnson .... casting: child / child casting (2 episodes, 1991)
Richard Leddy .... crowd casting assistant (2 episodes, 1991)
Lloyd Peters .... crowd casting (2 episodes, 1991)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Anna Asgeirsdottir .... wardrobe assistant (2 episodes, 1991)
Julian Day .... wardrobe assistant (2 episodes, 1991)
Jenny Mitchell .... wardrobe supervisor (2 episodes, 1991)
 
Series Editorial Department
Peter Deakin .... assistant editor (2 episodes, 1991)
Timothy Vine .... assistant editor (2 episodes, 1991)

Steve Maguire .... assistant editor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Music Department
Harry Gregson-Williams .... music coordinator (2 episodes, 1991)
Austin Ince .... music recording engineer (2 episodes, 1991)

Richard Harvey .... conductor / music arranger (unknown episodes)
 
Series Transportation Department
Richard Booz .... transport captain (2 episodes, 1991)
Paul Buckley .... driver: winnebago (2 episodes, 1991)
Charlie Simpson .... driver: construction truck (2 episodes, 1991)
Jack Wild .... unit driver (2 episodes, 1991)
Richard Wild .... unit driver (2 episodes, 1991)
 
Series Other crew
Jeff Bowen .... floor runner (7 episodes, 1991)
Peter La Terriere .... production assistant (7 episodes, 1991)
Annie Penn .... continuity (7 episodes, 1991)
Beverley Lamb .... location manager (6 episodes, 1991)
Craig Barwick .... production accountant (2 episodes, 1991)
Tamana Bleasdale .... floor runner (2 episodes, 1991)
Peggy Cloe .... chaperone (2 episodes, 1991)
Ted Dowd .... location assistant (2 episodes, 1991)
Rebecca Ferrand .... assistant accountant (2 episodes, 1991)
Jonathan Finn .... production coordinator (2 episodes, 1991)
Sarah Harrison .... floor runner (2 episodes, 1991)
Ben Howarth .... floor runner (2 episodes, 1991)
Liz Keane .... floor runner (2 episodes, 1991)
Paul Willcock .... production runner (2 episodes, 1991)
 

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567 min (7 parts)
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Did You Know?

Trivia:
Although no name is given to the fictional city in which GBH is set, it was filmed largely in and around Greater Manchester. However, speculation that the city is intended to be Liverpool stems from the fact that the character of Michael Murray is a thinly veiled characterization of Derek Hatton, the former Labour deputy leader of Liverpool City Council. Hatton achieved notoriety in the 1980s when he refused to co-operate with the rate-capping policy of the Conservative government and was a strong follower of Trotskyist Militant Tendencies. Hatton was expelled from the Labour Party in 1986, and in 1993 he was accused of corruption during his time as Deputy Leader of the Council. He was brought to trial but was exonerated.See more »
Quotes:
Jim Nelson:How can I be this strong - and tonight I'll be washing my feet in the sink?See more »
Movie Connections:
Featured in Verity Lambert: Drama Queen (2008) (TV)See more »

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11 out of 12 people found the following review useful.
The very best of British, 17 February 2004
Author: Pete Gilchrist from Manchester

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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