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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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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Back in the public domain, since 1986, with its relevant DVD release in 2007. See more »


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just how good was it?
28 December 2005 | by angelaconnor999See all my reviews

whether you agree or disagree with the total factual accuarcy of this programme, it remains the most moving and thought provoking drama based around the first world war that i have ever encountered. the fact that it has only been repeated once since 1987 is a sad reflection on the cowardice of the modern day British establishment rather than then the alleged cowardice of ordinary men involved in an extraordinary war. if you ever get an opportunity to view this piece of work - DO - it will challenge your opinions and make you anxious for 2017 when perhaps the truth will be told. the performances of not only the principle actors but the lesser known characters were exceptional and the production was immaculate (i seem to remember that only authentic period cigarettes were smoked and the solicitors office in somerset that was painted pink to recreate the brothel was so effective that it remained that way for some time afterwards!)

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