Ardently left-wing, or so it seems, Howard Kirk subtly extends his power over students and colleagues alike at a redbrick university.

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Series cast summary:
Antony Sher ...  Howard Kirk 4 episodes, 1981
Geraldine James ...  Barbara Kirk 4 episodes, 1981
Isla Blair ...  Flora Beniform 4 episodes, 1981
Laura Davenport Laura Davenport ...  Annie Callendar 4 episodes, 1981
Paul Brooke ...  Henry Beamish 4 episodes, 1981
Veronica Quilligan ...  Felicity Phee 4 episodes, 1981
Maggie Steed ...  Myra Beamish 4 episodes, 1981
Zienia Merton ...  Miss Ho 4 episodes, 1981
Lloyd Peters Lloyd Peters ...  Michael Bernard / ... 4 episodes, 1981
Julia Swift Julia Swift ...  Beck Pott 4 episodes, 1981
Steve Plytas Steve Plytas ...  Professor Mangel 4 episodes, 1981
Jonathan Bruton Jonathan Bruton ...  Martin Kirk 4 episodes, 1981
Charlotte Enderby Charlotte Enderby ...  Celia Kirk 4 episodes, 1981
Miriam Margolyes ...  Melissa Tordoroff 3 episodes, 1981
Elizabeth Proud Elizabeth Proud ...  Moira Millikin 3 episodes, 1981
Graham Padden Graham Padden ...  John McIntosh 3 episodes, 1981
Michael Hordern ...  Professor Marvin 3 episodes, 1981
Peter-Hugo Daly Peter-Hugo Daly ...  George Carmody 3 episodes, 1981
Arthur Lugo Arthur Lugo ...  Hashmi Sadeck 3 episodes, 1981
Henry Moxon Henry Moxon ...  Dr. Petworth 2 episodes, 1981
Judy Liebert Judy Liebert ...  Jane McIntosh 2 episodes, 1981
Milo Sperber Milo Sperber ...  Dr. Zachery 2 episodes, 1981
Bill Buffery Bill Buffery ...  Peter Madden 2 episodes, 1981
Juliet Waley Juliet Waley ...  Marjorie 2 episodes, 1981
Jack Elliott Jack Elliott ...  Leon 2 episodes, 1981
Jane Slaughter Jane Slaughter ...  Joanna 2 episodes, 1981


Ardently left-wing, or so it seems, Howard Kirk subtly extends his power over students and colleagues alike at a redbrick university.

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4 January 1981 (UK) See more »

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Malcolm Bradbury's The History Man See more »

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1.33 : 1
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story of an age,a savage satire.
30 June 2005 | by ib011f9545iSee all my reviews

I remember seeing this when it was first shown on the BBC in 1981/82 Iloved it at the time or maybe it was the sex and the music I liked. Saw it again when it was repeated on cable and did not like it so much. Written by an academic who said he was apolitical it is all about Howard a extreme left wing history lecturer (so the title says be he sounds like a sociologist to me maybe it was the same thing in the 1970s mind) anyway Howard is a political poseur ,he spouts a lot of stuff about compassion but he bullies students who don't share his views,ignores those that do and sleeps with any women who will have him,which is most of them. Veronica Quilligan is great as a young student who realises that Howard is evil. The whole cast is good and it is well made. Think it is filmed at University Of East Anglia at Norwich which is an ugly concrete campus. I liked it but it is more style than substance,for a really great British campus see "A VERY PECULIAR PRACTISE,set and made in the 1980s.

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