In a dystopian future, Britain is under the grip of the Home Office's Public Control Department (PCD), a tyrannically oppressive bureaucracy riding roughshod over the population's civil liberties.




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Series cast summary:
Edward Woodward ...  Jim Kyle 16 episodes, 1977-1978
Robert Lang ...  Herbert Skardon 16 episodes, 1977-1978
Tony Doyle ...  Dave Brett 15 episodes, 1977-1978
Paul Hardwick ...  Faceless 11 episodes, 1977-1978
Barbara Kellerman ...  Delly Lomas 8 episodes, 1977
Lisa Harrow ...  Lynn Blake 8 episodes, 1978
Yvonne Mitchell ...  Kate Smith 7 episodes, 1978


Great Britain, 1990. The population is now governed by an increasingly corrupt bureaucracy headed by the Home Secretary and backed by the tyrannical Public Control Department (PCD), who have done away with the rights of the individual and maintain control through ID cards, rationing, censorship and electronic/audio/physical surveillance. Free speech is forbidden. The rule of law no longer protects the weak and defenseless. Emigration is impossible. But escape is not, thanks to rebels like Jim Kyle (Edward Woodward), a journalist and secret dissident who battles the forces of the Establishment, but constantly faces imprisonment or death (or worse) at the hands of the PCD and its ruthless controller Herbert Skardon. Written by

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Drama | Sci-Fi | Thriller







Release Date:

18 September 1977 (UK) See more »

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(16 episodes)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Yvonne Mitchell (Kate Smith), Paul Hardwick (Faceless) and the series' most prolific director Alan Gibson did not live to see the actual 1990. Mitchell died on March 24, 1979 at the age of 63, Hardwick died on October 22, 1983 at the age of 64 and Gibson died on July 5, 1987 at the age of 49. See more »

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a great series should be seen!
16 November 2009 | by hamlet-16See all my reviews

This series about an authoritarian Britain very much in the model of 1984 was timely in 1978 but even more so today.

With the overwhelming presence of CCTV, attempts to control the internet and the reluctance of the UK government to abide rulings that it destroy DNA samples of innocent persons picked up by the police but never charged or found not guilty in court cases and numerous reductions in civil rights because of "terrorism" etc. the scenario at the heart of "1990" is well and truly with us.

No wonder this series is not available on DVD ...the powers that be would be terrified of it!

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