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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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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Callow
Alex Cairns
Julian Hereford
Tom Blice
Jane Callow
Section Chief Walker
Chetna Pandya ...
Special Agent Callett (as Alex MacQueen)
Jay Simpson ...
Rod Senseless
Helen Fospero ...
Lucinda Towne
Princess Susannah


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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4 December 2011 (UK)  »

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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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