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The National Anthem 

Prime Minister Michael Callow faces a shocking dilemma when Princess Susannah, a much-loved member of the Royal Family, is kidnapped.

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Michael Callow
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Alex Cairns
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Julian Hereford
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Tom Blice
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Jane Callow
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Section Chief Walker
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Martin
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Malaika
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Special Agent Callett (as Alex MacQueen)
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Lucinda Towne
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Lauren
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Brian
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In the run-up to Christmas the British Prime Minister Michael Callow is woken up and shown a disturbing video. On it he sees that people's princess Susannah of Beaumont has been abducted and will allegedly be murdered unless he has sex with a pig on live television. An effort to trace the kidnapper on a deserted campus proves to be in vain and Michael dismisses his aides' suggestion that a porn star perform the bestiality with the PM's face digitally superimposed. News coverage and Internet tweeters go into overdrive as Michael ultimately does his duty, in a deserted room with one camera man and a seemingly contented pig. Despite being ordered not to look, millions of people tune in though their amusement soon turns to horror at what they see. Written by don @ minifie-1

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The only episode of the show that takes place in the present. See more »

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Malaika: It's like 911's happened, and we're broadcasting sandwich recipes.
Pike: We're not a chat room.
Jack: [entering] It's on CNN. And Fox. And MSNBC, Al Jazeera, NHK...
Pike: All right! Oh, God, this planet!
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National Anthem - why?
19 April 2015 | by (London, UK) – See all my reviews

I've just watched this and I cannot see any possible reason for it except to remind you how sexist the world is, and that's no point at all - we know that. This programme doesn't give you any further enlightenment beyond that. Without spoiling the story, basically if you substitute the main character for a female, the entire story becomes completely abhorrent and criminal, which it actually already is except that a man is for some reason not seen as a victim. I really can't describe how pointless this is once you realise that - the story has nothing to say beyond highlighting how differently you would react if the PM was female. That's all - and it provides no insights, no interest, into that observation either. I'll try episode 2 and hope that this is just the product of a lack of awareness. It looks like shock tactics, which is a real shame. The premise itself is interesting, but it's handled in such a sexist way that it has nothing further to say except, wow, this is sexist. What a shame.


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