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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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Wear your mushroom with pride.


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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Did You Know?


Jed Grodd: We're gonna crash!
Helicopter pilot: Sorry, sir, I was just following government policy.
Jed Grodd: What are you talking about?
Helicopter pilot: Fuel conservation. I only filled the tank half-way up!
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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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Sheer class!
16 December 2003 | by jancyclopsSee all my reviews

This is one of the best, blackest, most satirical comedies you will ever find. Unfortunately most people will remember the abysmal big screen slapstick version. There are so many great performances, not least from Barry Morse and John Barron as the US president and his advisor; Peter Jones, Geoffrey Palmer and Richard Davies as members of the cabinet when the Labour Party wins the UK election; John Cleese as the terrorist and the brilliant double act of Bruce Montague and David Kelly as the deposed Shah of Iran and Abdab, the Shah's blindfolded manservant. You've got to see this.

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