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The Government Inspector (2005)

Peter Kosminsky's powerful factual drama about the Iraq dossier row and the subsequent death of Dr David Kelly, one of the top government experts on Weapons of Mass Destruction.

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Peter Kosminsky's powerful factual drama about the Iraq dossier row and the subsequent death of Dr David Kelly, one of the top government experts on Weapons of Mass Destruction.

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Dr. David Kelly: [On the phone. The first bombings of Baghdad are on the news in the background] Where are you?
Richard Ottaway: In Baghdad! I just wanted to hear a friendly voice.
Dr. David Kelly: I'm at my daughter's wedding. Did you want me to try and get you out?
Richard Ottaway: [the line goes dead]
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Well-researched and excellently portrayed
17 March 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I found this an excellent film, with a good cast and a great performance by Mark Rylance as Dr Kelly. It seemed to be of theatrical release quality. I hope a DVD will be available.

The producers have clearly made a great effort to ensure that the events and the roles of the people involved come as close to reality as possible. Unusually for a film that portrays real-life events, I found this totally believable. I think it is a fair representation of events, no character seemed unfairly or improperly portrayed. I was left with a strong impression of how a string of seemingly unimportant events can have tragic consequences. I truly hope that the Kelly family feel this is a fair film. Dr Kelly comes out of it very well - I hope the film will serve as a reminder to the nation of how we lost one of our most valuable public servants, and how our government failed in their duty of care for him.

It was a characteristically bold move by Channel 4, that has been most successful.


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