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The Falklands Play (2002)

TV Movie  -   -  Drama | War  -  10 April 2002 (UK)
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Rt Hon Peter, 6th Baron Carrington KCMG MC (Foreign Secretary)
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Jeremy Child ...
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Sir Robert Armstrong (Cabinet Secretary)
Jonathan Coy ...
Richard Luce MP (Minister of State, Foreign Office)
Clive Merrison ...
Peter Blythe ...
Rt Hon Sir Michael Havers QC MP (Attorney-General)
Jeremy Clyde ...
Sir Nicholas Henderson (HM Ambassador to the United States)
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Shaughan Seymour ...
Adm. Sir Henry Leach (First Sea Lord)
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Robin Fearn (Head of Falkland Islands Department, Foreign Office)
Jasper Jacob ...
John Wilkinson MP (Parliamentary Private Secretary to John Nott)
Richard Cordery ...
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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Michael Cochrane (Nicholas Ridley) later appeared in two other BBC political dramas focussing on Margaret Thatcher: Margaret Thatcher: The Long Walk to Finchley (2008) and Margaret (2009), in which he played Sir Waldron Smithers and Alan Clark respectively. 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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Political Action Play
24 December 2004 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

This is a highly watchable political drama which gives a true insight into the anguish brought about by the totally unexpected war in the South Atlantic.

The actor selection is excellent and the writer has put together an excellent script which lends clarity to some of the decisions made at the time.

The direction is crisp and the interweaving of News clips highlights the historical events.

Particularly emphasised are the outstanding efforts made by the American administration led by Ronald Regan and efforted by Secretary Haig to stop the downhill slide into war.

A truly tragic and unnecessary war - but an excellent play.

Can't wait for the DVD to be issued.


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