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Whoops Apocalypse 

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A light-hearted look at the final week before doomsday. American President Johnny Cyclops is trying to run a re-election campaign while dealing with the Russians, a deposed Shah needing to ... See full summary »




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Series cast summary:
Barry Morse ...  President Johnny Cyclops 6 episodes, 1982
John Barron ...  The Deacon 6 episodes, 1982
Ed Bishop ...  Jay Garrick / ... 6 episodes, 1982
Bruce Montague ...  Shah Mashiq Rassim / ... 6 episodes, 1982
Alexei Sayle ...  Commisar Solzhenitsyn 4 episodes, 1982
Geoffrey Palmer ...  Foreign Secretary 4 episodes, 1982
Richard Davies Richard Davies ...  Chancellor of the Exchecquer / ... 4 episodes, 1982
Peter Jones ...  Kevin Pork 4 episodes, 1982
Richard Griffiths ...  Premier Dubienkin 4 episodes, 1982
David Kelly ...  Abdab / ... 4 episodes, 1982
John Cleese ...  Lacrobat 3 episodes, 1982
John Barrard ...  Jonathon Hopper 2 episodes, 1982
George Claydon ...  Admiral Blinsky / ... 2 episodes, 1982
Frank Duncan Frank Duncan ...  Dripfeed, Politburo Member / ... 2 episodes, 1982
Nellie Hanham Nellie Hanham ...  Martha Hopper 2 episodes, 1982
Lou Hirsch Lou Hirsch ...  Jed Grodd 2 episodes, 1982
Glen Murphy Glen Murphy ...  Antonio / ... 2 episodes, 1982
Roger Phillips Roger Phillips ...  Lieutenant Botko 2 episodes, 1982
Olivier Pierre Olivier Pierre ...  Dr. Weinigger 2 episodes, 1982
John Sterland ...  Chaplain 2 episodes, 1982
Gabor Vernon ...  Politburo Member / ... 2 episodes, 1982
Sarah Whitlock Sarah Whitlock ...  Dubienkin's Secretary 2 episodes, 1982


A light-hearted look at the final week before doomsday. American President Johnny Cyclops is trying to run a re-election campaign while dealing with the Russians, a deposed Shah needing to be hidden, and a new weapon called a 'quark' bomb. Meanwhile, Lacrobat, the infamous terrorist, has stolen one of the quark bombs and is trying to get it into the Middle East. Stopping Lacrobat, getting the Shah to safety, placating the Russians and winning the election will require a brilliantly planned and perfectly executed strategy on the part of President Cyclops... Written by Jean-Marc Rocher <rocher@fiberbit.net>

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Comedy | Sci-Fi






English | French | Russian

Release Date:

14 March 1982 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Bum! Koniec swiata See more »

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(6 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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President Johnny Cyclops: You had me shot just to get public sympathy?
The Deacon: Sir, this will blow your popularity through the roof. Henesy and his Democrat rats won't know what hit them.
[cut to a news broadcast]
Jay Garrick: Waves of letters of sympathy have been set after one of the most shocking and horrific acts in recent memory. Presidential candidate Jimmy Hennessy was run over by a speeding ambulance outside his home and had both his legs crushed. The ambulance contained President Johnny Cyclops, who was said to have only received ...
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Crazy Credits

Most episodes feature newspaper headlines to recap the previous week's episode. See more »

Alternate Versions

The six episodes were edited together into one long (138 minute) chunk by Weekend Video in the early 1980s, effectively turning the series into a feature film with a studio audience. Although very hard to find, it was reissued by Channel 5 video in 1987. See more »


Remade as Whoops Apocalypse (1986) See more »

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Hit and miss, but some of the hits are perfect bullseye's
26 April 2008 | by TBJCSKCNRRQTreviewsSee all my reviews

Allow me(...you really might as well, because I'm going to whether you personally approve of it or not) to start this off saying that what watched this as was an edited-together version of the six(?) episodes that renders it a movie of not terribly much more of a run-time than 90 minutes or so. Not having enjoyed all that much of of John Cleese's work outside of the Monty Python team and their projects, I put off my viewing of this for a while. This was purchased for me on VHS, immediately following about an hour and a half of the aforementioned group mercilessly butchering routines they did perfectly fine on their Flying Circus(yet another reason to put this off). I am, however, glad I did put it on. I was more amused, watching, than so much all-out laughing, but there are definitely some biting wit herein. The comedy varies, sometimes involving gross-out comedy. Some of the running gags should perhaps have been jogging at a more leisurely pace, because they kept popping up, and it wasn't always funny. The pacing is, presumably due to the chopping up of the episodes to make this about half as long, from what I can surmise, is wildly mixed, with parts speeding by, and others being slow. Not everything seems to pay off, which may again be caused of the cutting. Editing and cinematography are adequate TV quality. Acting is mostly good. There are some adult things in this, and it should not be seen by children. The writing manages to make fun of so many different countries and cultures that almost everyone can be offended, but they do hit the nail on the head with an awful lot of it, and points in this could easily be classified as satirical. I recommend this to fans of British humor and/or Cleese. 6/10

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