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Rosemary Martin ... Janie

Emily Mortimer ... Emma

Jeff Rawle ... Derek
Patricia Hayes ... Ethel

Richard Wilson ... Bill Webster

Clive Russell ... Arthur
Brian Bovell ... Tim
Jimmy Gardner ... Dad
Andrew Barrow ... London Policeman

Stephen Moyer ... Olly

Lisa Palfrey ... Dr. Amy Clarke
Andy Hamilton ... Editor
Rachel Smith ... Secretary

James Fleet ... Prime Minister
Helena McCarthy ... Old Lady

Briony Glassco ... Director

Prunella Scales ... Shirley

Martin Clunes ... Minister of Defence
Laura Davenport ... MI5 Woman

Angus Deayton ... MI5 Man
Mark Spalding ... Thug
Andy Linden ... Thug
William Hoyland ... Peter Webster
William Arnold ... Boy with Bike

Mark Benton ... Antler Man
Denis Healey ... Himself (as Lord Healey)

Rob Brydon ... Cornish Policeman

Peter Sullivan ... Dr. Glanville (as Pete Sullivan)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Guy Balotine ... Denny (uncredited)

Directed by
Guy Jenkin 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Guy Jenkin 

Produced by
Avon Harpley .... associate producer
Jimmy Mulville .... producer
Denise O'Donoghue .... executive producer
David M. Thompson .... executive producer
Original Music by
Matthew Scott 
Cinematography by
Rex Maidment 
Film Editing by
Roy Sharman 
Casting by
Sarah Trevis 
Production Design by
Graeme Story 
Costume Design by
Jo Thompson 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Carwyn Jones .... third assistant director
Stephen Woolfenden .... first assistant director
Art Department
Sean Board .... standby
Camera and Electrical Department
Peter Edwards .... camera operator
Jamie Hicks .... assistant camera
Gary Parnham .... electrician
Editorial Department
Antony Robinson .... assistant to editor
Music Department
Mark Berrow .... musician: violin
Other crew
Charles Bodycomb .... armorer
Carn Burton .... extras coordinator
Peter Winstanley .... production accountant

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[Arthur and Tim are in their fishing boat]
Tim:We've got something all snarled up in the nets.
Arthur:If it's another of those damn tourists, we're throwing the bugger back - too much bloody paperwork.
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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
A Smorgasbord of English Culture, 10 August 1999
Author: Tom Beardsley from Connecticut, USA

Writer/director Guy Jenkin successfully synthesizes a variety of English social, political and cultural themes in this 1996 British TV film. The end product is somewhat like a sophisticated Brian Rix farce. No one loses their pants, but this is a delightful way to pass a couple of hours.

Viewers are served with a very full plate. There's family angst, British political intrigue, MI5 agents, pagan rites, cannabis smuggling, the gutter press, and the disappearing English fishing industry -- and it's all served on the colorful backdrop of a delightful southwestern coastal town.

The cast is impressive. Viewers are treated with an opportunity to see one of Pat Hayes' last performances. James Fleet (Vicar of Dibley) plays a smooth-talking Tory Prime Minister who eerily resembles Tony Blair -- Fleet's NHS TV ad is particularly well done. Richard Wilson (One Foot in the Grave) is excellent as the cranky family patriarch and disaffected ex-Lord Chancellor who has the ability to topple a large part of the English Establishment. Prunella Scales (Fawlty Towers) plays the Government's Minister of Fisheries who is sent to make Wison's character, Bill Webster, see some sense. Angus Deayton plays a delightful cameo as the head of MI5, swinging golf balls at Japanese tourists on the Thames. Martin Clunes (Men Behaving Badly) briefly appears as the Minister of Defense. and there's a surprise appearance by old Labour stalwart Dennis Healey.

OK, so you'll never see a British PM wrestling with Sun journalists in a duckpond over a briefcase containing 500,000 UKP -- the price of the PM's Singapore secrets and Cabinet Members' indiscretions -- but that does not detract from a well written, well acted, typically English comedy, which won a comedic award for Hat Trick Productions. Just one criticism though. Richard Wilson's hairpiece is awful!

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