Paul,a former miner,writes a hard-hitting left wing screenplay about the 1984 miners' strike. It is accepted by a Hollywood film company but gets turned into a distorted action film in ... See full summary »

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Peter Richardson ...
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Paul
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Verity / Old Lady / Celebrity
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Bernard / Old Man / Camp Actor 1
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Goldie / Dutch / Celebrity
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Adrian / Slim / Policeman
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Film Executive / Camp Actor 2 / Architect / Celebrity
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Speaker / Hunchback
Ronald Allen ...
Prime Minister
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Workman / Film Crew Member / TV Interviewer / Waiter / Hotel Manager / 3rd Man / Cinemagoer
Katrina Mansoor ...
Tammy
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Chauffeur / McGregor
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Gerry / 2nd Man / Picketer
Daniel Peacock ...
Workman 1
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Paul,a former miner,writes a hard-hitting left wing screenplay about the 1984 miners' strike. It is accepted by a Hollywood film company but gets turned into a distorted action film in which Arthur Scargill is portrayed by Al Pacino.

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20 February 1988 (UK)  »

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When Arthur Scargill is trying to reach The Houses Of Parliament he passes Buckingham Palace and starts to come up The Mall. He is going in the wrong direction, he should have gone around the fountain and up Birdcage Walk. However, this sequence is from the film-within-a-film and is therefore probably an intentional parody of Hollywood's habit of making movie characters pass famous landmarks with little regard for continuity. See more »

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Verity: We're all very excited about your script, aren't we David?
Film Executive: Oh, we all love the script. All of us.
Verity: It's so wonderful. It's... It's quite fabulous.
Film Executive: Absolutely
Verity: It's brilliant, quite brilliant.
Bernard: Yes, well what initially attracted me to the idea is...
Verity: [to waiter] Bucks Fizz, please.
Bernard: ...is there's this unashamedly powerful, socialist epic. And as a director, the way Paul's captured the sheer size of the struggle...
Film Executive: [to waiter] Anything but a Coca Cola, thank you.
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The first time they gave Alexei Sayle a chance to shine and he crashed and burned.
24 May 2017 | by (Butt Town) – See all my reviews

This episode starts off really slow and for the first time in his life, Alexei Sayle is not extremely funny.Sayle's character was so lame that I almost didn't watch the entire episode.I am so glad I didn't listen to my instinct and stuck with it.Sayle's character wrote a movie about the UK miners' strike and has no problem selling it to a studio.He does have a problem that they have turned it into an action movie starring Al Pacino.One really great thing about this episode is that they were able to get everyone in it, which doesn't happen very much.Usually one or two guys get left out.This is a good episode, it's just a shame that Sayle wasn't funny in it.


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