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10 April 2002 (UK) See more »
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Twenty years ago, Britain went to war to regain the Falkland Islands. The Falklands Play is a gripping... See more » | Add synopsis »
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A very good play that could be recommended to anyone interested in the era. See more (13 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Patricia Hodge ... Rt Hon Margaret Thatcher MP (Prime Minister)

James Fox ... Rt Hon Peter, 6th Baron Carrington KCMG MC (Foreign Secretary)

John Standing ... Rt Hon William Whitelaw CH MC MP (Home Secretary)

Michael Cochrane ... Rt Hon Nicholas Ridley MP (Financial Secretary to the Treasury)
Jeremy Child ... Rt Hon Francis Pym MC MP (Lord President of the Council / Foreign Secretary)

Rupert Vansittart ... Sir Robert Armstrong (Cabinet Secretary)
Jonathan Coy ... Richard Luce MP (Minister of State, Foreign Office)
Clive Merrison ... Rt Hon John Nott MP (Secretary of State for Defence)
Peter Blythe ... Rt Hon Sir Michael Havers QC MP (Attorney-General)
Jeremy Clyde ... Sir Nicholas Henderson (HM Ambassador to the United States)

Colin Stinton ... Alexander Haig (US Secretary of State)
Shaughan Seymour ... Adm. Sir Henry Leach (First Sea Lord)

Anthony Calf ... 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)
Bob Sherman ... President Ronald Reagan

Lorelei King ... Jeanne Kirkpatrick (US Ambassador to the UN)

Garrick Hagon ... Vernon Walters (Senior Adviser to the US Secretary of State)

Robert Hardy ... Sir Anthony Parsons (HM Ambassador to the UN)
Arturo Venegas ... Javier Pérez de Cuéllar (UN Secretary-General)

Vernon Dobtcheff ... Nicanor Costa Méndez (Argentine Minister of External Relations)
Robert Bowman ... Sir Hamilton Whyte (Member, British Mission to the UN)

John Woodvine ... Adm. of the Fleet Sir Terence Lewin (Chief of the Defence Staff)

Tom Chadbon ... Adm. Sir John Fieldhouse (C-in-C Fleet)
Gordon Langford Rowe ... Rt Hon George Thomas MP (Speaker of the House of Commons) (as Gordon Langford-Rowe)

Patrick Godfrey ... Rt Hon Michael Foot MP (Leader of the Opposition)
Ron Meadows ... Rt Hon Peter Shore MP (Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer)
Renny Krupinski ... David Lambie MP (Labour)
David Fleeshman ... Rt Hon Denis Healey CH MBE MP (Deputy Leader of the Labour Party)
Charles McCurdy ... John Browne MP (Conservative)
Martin Oldfield ... Rt Hon Enoch Powell MP (Conservative)
Geoffrey Wilkinson ... Sir Anthony Meyer Bt MP (Conservative)

Alan Rothwell ... John Wells MP (Conservative)

Geoff Holman ... Rt Hon Tony Benn MP (Labour)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Ray Donn ... Minister (uncredited)
Leonard Silver ... Government Minister (uncredited)

Directed by
Michael Samuels 
 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Ian Curteis 

Produced by
Richard Fell .... executive producer
Rebecca Ferrand .... line producer
Jeremy Howe .... producer
Sarah Whitehead .... co-producer
 
Cinematography by
Mark Isaac 
Chris Pearce 
Steve Rees 
Kevin Rudge 
Rory Taylor 
 
Film Editing by
Martin Sharpe 
 
Casting by
Carrie Hilton 
 
Production Design by
Melanie Allen 
 
Art Direction by
Madelaine Leech 
 
Costume Design by
Jayne Gregory 
 
Makeup Department
Sallie Adams .... makeup designer
Jane Bevans .... assistant makeup artist
Kirsty Herring .... assistant makeup artist
Kristy Herring .... makeup artist
 
Production Management
Sacha Whitmarsh .... senior production manager
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Paul Elkins .... first assistant director
Tammy Kempinski .... second assistant director
Holly Watson .... third assistant director
 
Art Department
Holly Blenkins .... stand-by props
Colin Bradbury .... props master
Sandy Garfield .... props buyer
Gavin Grant .... stand-by props
Max Grant .... stand-by props
Doug Irvine .... stand-by props
 
Sound Department
Alan Cridford .... boom operator
Jason Hopfner .... boom operator
James Loosemore .... sound editor
Mario Mooney .... sound mixer
Mario Mooney .... sound recordist
Jon Thornton .... boom operator
Aad Wirtz .... dubbing mixer
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Graham Cussell .... electrician
Mark Issac .... camera operator
Chris Pearce .... assistant camera
John Powell .... electrician
Steve Rees .... camera operator
Kevin Rudge .... camera operator
Gavin Walters .... gaffer
 
Casting Department
Chuck Douglas .... extras casting
Ginny Schiller .... casting assistant
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jane Leonard .... costume assistant
Jackie Thomas .... costume assistant
Allison Wyldeck .... costume supervisor
 
Editorial Department
Dominic Aarons .... colorist
Lesley MacKinnon .... assistant editor
Matt Roberts .... on-line editor
 
Other crew
Jenny Bowman .... script supervisor
Seth Elkins .... runner
Daniel Fone .... runner
Nicola Pinn .... production coordinator
Gordon Ronald .... production executive
Vanessa Stoddart .... production accountant
Eleanor Wollen .... runner
 

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Runtime:
90 min
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Trivia:
Originally commissioned by the BBC in 1987 but wasn't filmed until 2002.See more »
Quotes:
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 Britain and Argentina even-handedly for the purpose of negotiation...
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Featured in When TV Goes to War (2011) (TV)See more »

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14 out of 17 people found the following review useful.
A very good play that could be recommended to anyone interested in the era., 28 April 2002
Author: John Berry from London, England

The Falklands Play has got to be one of the most controversial plays never produced of the 1980s.

Originally written by Ian Curteis shortly after the war ended but the BBC declined to produce it, officially because it wasn't good enough, but widely believed to be because it was too pro-Conservative just before a General Election in the UK. Watching it now it's even harder to believe that it wasn't good enough to make years ago.

Telling the story of the British politics immediately before and during the conflict Patricia Hodge is brilliant in her role as Mrs. Thatcher. So scarily like her that during the recreated news clips it's hard to remember which one is the actress. Although some of the other lead characters look and sound nothing like their alter-egos, they still manage to recreate the right atmosphere.

Deliberately supposed to show the conflict from `our side' I'm not sure if the emotional side of Margaret Thatcher isn't over played slightly.

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