The Alan Clark Diaries (2004– )

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Alan Clarke is the member of parliament for Plymouth Sutton, where he longs for a "proper" role as a Minister in Thatcher's government. When he gets the call he joins government but is ... See full summary »

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Series cast summary:
 Alan Clark (6 episodes, 2004-2006)
 Jane Clark (6 episodes, 2004-2006)
 Tristan Garel-Jones (5 episodes, 2004-2006)
 Peter Morrison (5 episodes, 2004-2006)
Jeremy Clyde ...
 Jonathan Aitken (5 episodes, 2004-2006)
Peter Blythe ...
 Tom King (4 episodes, 2004-2006)
 Ian Gow (3 episodes, 2004-2006)
 Reporter (3 episodes, 2004-2006)
Louise Gold ...
 Margaret Thatcher (3 episodes, 2004-2006)
Eric Richard ...
 Dave (3 episodes, 2004-2006)
 Julian Scopes (2 episodes, 2004)
 Donald Derx (2 episodes, 2006)
Benedict Martin ...
 Reporter (2 episodes, 2004)
Mel Martin ...
 Valerie Harkess (2 episodes, 2004-2006)
 Jenny Easterbrook (2 episodes, 2006)
Terence Harvey ...
 Charles Powell (2 episodes, 2004)
 Finnish Man (2 episodes, 2004)


Alan Clarke is the member of parliament for Plymouth Sutton, where he longs for a "proper" role as a Minister in Thatcher's government. When he gets the call he joins government but is totally unprepared for the commitment involved and is totally unable (and unwilling) to manage the rigours of bill reading and committees. Despite this he rises up the ranks, still proving his apparent penchant for controversy and evasion. Written by bob the moo

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Power is the ultimate aphrodisiac. Well that was his excuse.


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In episode three, Clark's ministerial globetrotting is charted on an animated map. Unfortunately the map used for this sequence is a present-day one and very obviously wrong for the 1980s setting (the Soviet Union, Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia should each be shown as a single country). This is especially conspicuous because Clark travels to Sarajevo, and Bosnia-Hercegovinia was a republic within Yugoslavia, not an independent country. See more »


Alan Clark: He was pathetically glad to hear praise.
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A ramble through Thatcher's Britain
17 August 2012 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

Alan Clark is a junior minister in the Thatcher government: irreverent, accident-prone and indiscreet. He wants to move up the slippery pole but lacks the necessary energy or cunning or self-belief. Only when the administration enters terminal decline can he rise to a higher station as others slip rapidly down the pole. Bureaucrats consider him a fool; he alternately lusts after (the females) and loathes them. John Hurt gets this character very well and Jenny Agutter plays his long-suffering wife with a nice mixture of brave grins and maternal snarls. What's missing is a dramatic context for Clark's monologues/thought bubbles. The viewer is rushed through a series of political accidents and incidents in which it is often hard to know or remember who is who and what is what. Too often, we are expected to be satisfied with the Clark witticisms without being given a proper understanding of what it is he's being witty about. The flatness to the look of the series and the metronomic directorial pacing prevent us from fully engaging with the larger story of a government willing to accommodate someone like Alan Clark.

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