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 Private Francis / ... (6 episodes, 1993)
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 Sylvia Berry (6 episodes, 1993)
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 Corporal Berry / ... (6 episodes, 1993)
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 Harold Atterbow (6 episodes, 1993)
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 Aunt Vickie (6 episodes, 1993)
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 Uncle Fred (6 episodes, 1993)
Bernard Brown ...
 Eden / ... (6 episodes, 1993)
Gareth Taplin ...
 Dancer (6 episodes, 1993)
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 Lt. Colonel Trekker / ... (5 episodes, 1993)
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 Lisa (4 episodes, 1993)
Carrie Leigh ...
 Dream Girl (4 episodes, 1993)
Frederick Treves ...
 Brig. Sanders / ... (2 episodes, 1993)
Debra Beaumont ...
 Nina (2 episodes, 1993)
James Snell ...
 Trigorin (2 episodes, 1993)
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 General (2 episodes, 1993)
Tim Seely ...
 Brigadier (2 episodes, 1993)
Roger Hume ...
 Lt. Colonel (2 episodes, 1993)
Andy Laycock ...
 First Soldier (2 episodes, 1993)
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 Second Soldier (2 episodes, 1993)
Che Walker ...
 Policeman (2 episodes, 1993)
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 Coffee Shop Girl / ... (2 episodes, 1993)
Michael Neilson ...
 The Man at the Palais (2 episodes, 1993)
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During the Suez Crisis of 1956, two young clerks at the stuffy Foreign Office in Whitehall display little interest in the decline of the British Empire. To their eyes, it can hardly compete with girls, rock music (including "Lay Down Your Arms"), and the intrigue of romantic entanglements. Written by Bhob Stewart <bhob@genie.com>

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21 February 1993 (UK)  »

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Du rouge à lèvres sur ton col  »

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The final original Dennis Potter production completed and broadcast in his lifetime. See more »

Quotes

Captain: Now, you've all got clearance. You don't need any reminding, I hope, of the hell on earth which will await you if you open your mouths about anything whatsoever that goes on in this little room. You'll have your balls cut off. But only after they've been fried in hot camel's piss.
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Lipstick On Your Collar
Written by Edna Lewis and George Goehring
Used by kind permission of MCA Music Ltd
Performed by Connie Francis
Courtesy of Polydor Ltd
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The way television drama ought to be.
16 January 2005 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

In my view this is one of Potter's most impressive works. It has been years since I saw the series on television but I remember it became the highlight of my week. The unpredictable plot and the surreal use of day dreams and 50's music was masterful.

Louise Germaine was brilliantly cast as the stunningly beautiful Sylvia. She was beautiful that is until she spoke, revealing the most dreadful accent. A memorable performance. Even back in the early nineties it was clear that Ewan MrGegor was destined to go on to greater things.

Highly recommended viewing.


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