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The Falklands Play (2002)

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Rt Hon Peter, 6th Baron Carrington KCMG MC (Foreign Secretary)
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Sir Robert Armstrong (Cabinet Secretary)
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Richard Luce MP (Minister of State, Foreign Office)
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Rt Hon Sir Michael Havers QC MP (Attorney-General)
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Sir Nicholas Henderson (HM Ambassador to the United States)
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Adm. Sir Henry Leach (First Sea Lord)
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Robin Fearn (Head of Falkland Islands Department, Foreign Office)
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John Wilkinson MP (Parliamentary Private Secretary to John Nott)
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Tom Enders (US Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs)
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Twenty years ago, Britain went to war to regain the Falkland Islands. The Falklands Play is a gripping account of how Margaret Thatcher's government handled the biggest crisis in British foreign affairs since Suez. It tells the story of how Argentina - an ally of the British - fought the Conservative government and invaded sovereign British territory. This play charts the backroom manoeuvrings between Thatcher's government and the military, between the British and the Americans, and the Americans and the Argentineans that led to a breakdown in diplomacy, to war and to Britain's eventual victory. Written by Alistair Jackson <ajackson@msn.com>

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Author Ian Curteis complained in the 1980s that the BBC had refused to turn his script into an actual TV play because it was pro-Thatcher. His script was published at the time, but it wasn't until 2002 that it was, with some changes, filmed for transmission. See more »

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Alexander Haig: We are trying to de-escalise a war.
Margaret Thatcher: So am I. But you do not do it by appeasement. You increase its chances. You see this table? This was where Neville Chamberlain sat in 1938 when he spoke on the wireless about the Czechs as "far away people about whom we know nothing and with whom we have so little in common". Munich! Appeasement! A world war followed because of that irresponsible, woolly-minded, indecisive, slip-shod attitude and the deaths of 45 million people.
Tom Enders: The fact that we have to treat...
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What a treat you will have if this ever gets on DVD
30 June 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

What is with the world, The Falklands Play is great viewing or what I would call "Great TV" I was lucky to be at home the night this was aired on TV.

Within minutes I knew this is great TV. Who cares if shows the Rt Hon Margaret Thatcher as a great PM or not. The acting is what I was watching Patricia Hodge is just so good at Playing Maggie & as for Shaughan Seymour as Adm Sir Henry Leach is he a good actor or is Carrie Hilton, Casting Director one of the greats or maybe Michael Samuels the Director who knows how to get the best out of the actors or just maybe all three.

I am waiting for this to come out on DVD. I will buy it, great viewing great acting.

Ohh how lucky was I again, this was on on Friday 8 th March 2006 & this time I had the VRC ready. It was just as good as the 1 st time I watched it, no that is wrong, it was better, I have seen it twice since Friday, there are bits I never noticed the 1 st time & not even the 2 nd time. I can only say again what great TV & so well acted.

Thank you BBC 4 for showing this.

Update March 2007 now on DVD & yes i have bought a copy.

I have since bought "An Ungentlemanly Act" on DVD, great well worth the £4.99p from Play.com.


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