Paul Finchley is a bona fide "national treasure", one half of a popular, long-running comedy double act. However, the famous comedian's world is thrown into chaos when he is accused of historic sexual abuse.
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 Paul (4 episodes, 2016)
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 Marie (4 episodes, 2016)
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 Young Dee (3 episodes, 2016)
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 Billy (3 episodes, 2016)
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 Young Paul (3 episodes, 2016)
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 Young Marie (3 episodes, 2016)
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 Rebecca (2 episodes, 2016)
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 Christina (2 episodes, 2016)
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 Zoe (2 episodes, 2016)
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 Frances (2 episodes, 2016)
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 Simon (2 episodes, 2016)
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 Young Christina (2 episodes, 2016)
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 Young Karl (2 episodes, 2016)
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 Young Rebecca (2 episodes, 2016)
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 Lee Mack (2 episodes, 2016)
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Paul Finchley is a bona fide "national treasure", one half of a popular, long-running comedy double act. However, the famous comedian's world is thrown into chaos when he is accused of historic sexual abuse.

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Robbie Coltrane and Julie Walters both starred together in the Harry Potter franchise as Hagrid and Molly Weasley, respectively. See more »

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The real 'National Treasure' here is Julie Walters
5 October 2016 | by (Derry, Ireland) – See all my reviews

"National Treasure" is about a famous and much loved British comic actor, one half of a double act, a Morecambe or a Wise, a Cannon or a Ball perhaps, who is accused of the rape of an underage girl. It handles a deeply contentious subject very sensitively and it allays any fears in the first episode that it might be exploitative or in poor taste. It's beautifully acted; Robbie Coltrane is the accused man, the 'National Treasure' of the title, (this may be the best thing he's done since the TV series "Cracker"), but the real 'national treasure' here, of course, is Julie Walters, recipient of more BAFTA's than most of us have had hot dinners. As Coltrane's long-suffering wife she is simply magnificent. As a comic actress Walters can sometimes go off at the deep end but she underplays superbly here. Her grief and her rage are tangible and I fully expect her to pick up another BAFTA, and perhaps an Emmy, for her collection. This is a drama I approached with caution; now I am very glad I approached it at all.


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