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The Monocled Mutineer 

During World War I, Percy Toplis (Paul McGann), a deserter from the British Army, plays a major role in the Étaples Mutiny in September 1917.
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Series cast summary:
Paul McGann ...  Percy Toplis 4 episodes, 1986
Bill Fellows ...  Geordie 3 episodes, 1986
Matthew Marsh ...  Charles Strange 3 episodes, 1986
Anthony Calf ...  Guiness 3 episodes, 1986
Jane Wood Jane Wood ...  Annie Webster 2 episodes, 1986
Ron Donachie ...  Strachan 2 episodes, 1986
Timothy West ...  Thomson 2 episodes, 1986
Dave Hill ...  Frank Webster 2 episodes, 1986
Penelope Wilton ...  Lady Angela Forbes 2 episodes, 1986
Cherie Lunghi ...  Dorothy 2 episodes, 1986
Jerome Flynn ...  Franny 2 episodes, 1986
David Allister David Allister ...  General Asser 2 episodes, 1986
Geoff Morrell ...  Aussie Gas Mask 2 episodes, 1986
Philip McGough Philip McGough ...  Edwin Woodhall / ... 2 episodes, 1986
Louis Mellis Louis Mellis ...  Scots Gas Mask 2 episodes, 1986
Patrick Doyle ...  Gilzean 2 episodes, 1986
Aran Bell Aran Bell ...  Fallows 2 episodes, 1986
Billy Clarke Billy Clarke 2 episodes, 1986
Terry Cundall Terry Cundall ...  Bertram 2 episodes, 1986
Peter Hutchinson Peter Hutchinson ...  Norman 2 episodes, 1986
Ted Richards Ted Richards ...  PC Fulton 2 episodes, 1986
Richard Ireson Richard Ireson ...  Inspector Ritchie 2 episodes, 1986
David Miller David Miller ...  Spruce 2 episodes, 1986
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During World War I, Percy Toplis (Paul McGann), a deserter from the British Army, plays a major role in the Étaples Mutiny in September 1917.

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Drama | History | War

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 August 1986 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Мятежник с моноклем See more »

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(3 episodes) | (DVD) | (1 Episode)

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Color

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4:3
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Trivia

Percy Toplis was born in Chesterfield, Derbyshire, England, on August 22, 1896 and died, shot dead while on the run, on June 6, 1920. Accused of murder, he was the first person in modern English history to be found guilty in his absence by inquest. He had his tongue cut out before burial, and was buried in an unmarked grave in Penrith's Beacon Edge Cemetery on June 9. See more »

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Fact and fiction
11 November 2007 | by sgtlowdonSee all my reviews

Absolute rubbish to say Toplis was at the supposed mutiny, as his Regiment was on its way to India at the time of the Etaples disturbance. He may have had a colourful life, but was a rapist, thief and coward. He spent many months in various jails and prisons, say little if any front line action, and shot at unarmed policemen to ensure his freedom when cornered or in danger of capture by the authorities. Worthy of a movie, or plaudits? I would say there are many more events, characters and unsung heroes far more deserved of book/celluloid immortality. The film is a fantasy in the true Hollywood/Walt Disney style, entertaining but complete fiction. Watch in the same manner as Blackadder Goes Forth!


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