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The Monocled Mutineer 

During the First World War, Percy Toplis, 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 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


During the First World War, Percy Toplis, 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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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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The BBC was criticized for advertising it as a true story, when it was mostly fiction. According to his 2013 obituary, this was cited by The Guardian as a contributing factor, as well as a series of other editorial controversies, which led to the forced resignation of Director-General Alasdair Milne in January 1987. See more »


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In the hell of the trenches, a ray of light?
13 October 2001 | by Tiger-aceSee all my reviews

For some reason this series is has not been repeated as often as many other inferior dramas which appear on T.V. at present. mainly set in the trenches of the First World War, it follows the life of the leader of the main British mutiny - Percy Toplis. Its cast is first rate, most of the main actors have spread their wings well, and the music is haunting for want of a better word.

If you do get a chance to see this, then watch it. Not a gore fest or flag waver. It does show some of the brutality in a early 20th century army, akin to the first half of Full Metal Jacket. Its the sort of film which can leave a lasting impression with you!

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