In order to get out of national politics, a disillusioned speechwriter runs a federal election campaign in a supposedly hopeless riding with an eccentric candidate.
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 Daniel Addison (6 episodes, 2014)
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 Angus McLintock (6 episodes, 2014)
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 Lindsay Dewar (6 episodes, 2014)
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 Rachel Bronwin (6 episodes, 2014)
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 Bradley Stanton (6 episodes, 2014)
Barbara Gordon ...
 Muriel Parkinson (6 episodes, 2014)
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 Norm Fontana (6 episodes, 2014)
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 Jerry Stockton (6 episodes, 2014)
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 Pete 1 (6 episodes, 2014)
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 Pete 2 (6 episodes, 2014)
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 George Quimby (6 episodes, 2014)
James Bradford ...
 Donald (6 episodes, 2014)
Heather Tod Mitchell ...
 Marjorie (6 episodes, 2014)
Janet Rice ...
 Edna (6 episodes, 2014)
Sandra Wilson ...
 Millie (6 episodes, 2014)
Eva Link ...
 Maryanne (5 episodes, 2014)
Zachary Aiello ...
 Big Jim (5 episodes, 2014)
Stephen MacDonald ...
 Parker (5 episodes, 2014)
Sonja Smits ...
 Prime Minister Diane Gagnon (4 episodes, 2014)
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 National News Anchor (4 episodes, 2014)
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 Zoo Bus Reporter #1 / ... (4 episodes, 2014)
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 Eric Cameron (3 episodes, 2014)
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 Petra Borschart (3 episodes, 2014)
Philip Akin ...
 Managing Editor (3 episodes, 2014)
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 Michael Zaleski (3 episodes, 2014)
Vanessa Lee ...
 News Reporter #1 / ... (3 episodes, 2014)
Caeden Lawrence ...
 Young Student (3 episodes, 2014)
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 George (2 episodes, 2014)
Seamus Patterson ...
 Aaron Gold (2 episodes, 2014)
Sara Gill ...
 Video Student (2 episodes, 2014)
Stu Schwartz ...
 News Announcer (2 episodes, 2014)
Ken Evraire ...
 Zoo Bus Reporter #2 / ... (2 episodes, 2014)
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Disillusioned with the grinding cynicism of Canadian federal politics, speechwriter Daniel Addison finally has enough when he catches his girlfriend going down on his politician boss. Unfortunately, the party's chief political wonk strongarms Daniel into first finding a candidate and running a election campaign in a hopeless riding before he can resign. Daniel finally finds a candidate in Angus McLintock, an eccentric engineering professor who agrees on the conditions that Daniel teaches his English for Engineers course and he himself does no campaigning. With their dummy campaign in place, everything starts to go wrong as these schemers find themselves in a race which their unorthodox deeds and goals start to energize it. Now, Daniel, inspired by the idealism by the supporters, especially the lovely daughter of one veteran volunteer, finds he is a fight to win despite his best efforts. Written by Kenneth Chisholm (kchishol@rogers.com)

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Fails to hit the right notes
30 April 2014 | by (Australia) – See all my reviews

There must be a reason why the podcast and subsequent book is so beloved by Canadians, because this series must seriously be selling short that vision.

The book was written by someone involved in politics, who lived and breathed it. But whoever wrote these scripts was certainly not the author, as the whole nuance of the work is missing something.

McClintock, who was formerly married to a well-known feminist, with a passion for water quality, would not be a man to be trifled with. He seems reduced to a warm and fuzzy eccentric engineer. Parkinson, who ran five times against a man with a 90% approval rating and with a passion for the individuals effect on the political process, seems to be dulled by her association with the nursing home. While it is implied both of these characters are bitey, as one would expect, neither really delivers anything particularly incisive or sharp. However, Raoul Bhaneja needs to be given credit here as the standout, as Chief of Staff Stanton, he injects energy, direction and insight that seems lacking from the other characters in the series (possibly down to mediocre direction).

And while the script has its moments and political insights, like the ridiculous way polling is analysed, the show doesn't seem to make up its mind whether to cruise in under the radar with the subtleties of Yes Minister, or hit viewers over the head like Thick of It or VEEP. Rather, it decides to do neither for the most part and feels more like a weekly soap opera that could be slotted into one of many genres...hospital, police, etc etc. Which if it were a 24-episode season program would be fine, but miniseries require fast character definition and a sharp script; this show has neither.

It really is a huge shame for Canadians that this celebrated book wasn't done better, it must be well loved for a reason, and Canada seems to lack TV dramatic works focused around politics.


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