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A Very British Coup 

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Mini-Series (1988)
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Harry Perkins, steel worker and trade unionist from Sheffield, becomes Prime Minister of the UK by a landslide, partly because of corruption and public disillusionment with the Conservative... See full summary »




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Complete series cast summary:
Ray McAnally ...  The Cabinet - Harry Perkins 3 episodes, 1988
Marjorie Yates Marjorie Yates ...  The Cabinet - Cook 3 episodes, 1988
Geoffrey Beevers Geoffrey Beevers ...  The Cabinet - Wainwright 3 episodes, 1988
Hugh Martin ...  The Cabinet - Sampson 3 episodes, 1988
Keith Allen ...  The Staff - Thompson 3 episodes, 1988
Oliver Ford Davies ...  The Staff - Tweed 3 episodes, 1988
Bernard Kay ...  The Staff - Inspector Page 3 episodes, 1988
Alan MacNaughtan ...  The Public Servants - Browne 3 episodes, 1988
Tim McInnerny ...  The Public Servants - Fiennes 3 episodes, 1988
Christine Kavanagh Christine Kavanagh ...  The Public Servants - Liz 3 episodes, 1988
David McKail David McKail ...  The Public Servants - Robertson 3 episodes, 1988
Shane Rimmer ...  The Americans - Secretary of State 3 episodes, 1988
Philip O'Brien ...  The Americans - President 3 episodes, 1988
Clive Merrison ...  The Media - TV Interviewer 3 episodes, 1988
Philip Madoc ...  The Media - Fison 3 episodes, 1988
Jeremy Young ...  The Media - Alford 3 episodes, 1988
Stephanie Fayerman ...  The Media - Editor 3 episodes, 1988
Harmage Singh Kalirai ...  The People - Patel 3 episodes, 1988
Jim Carter ...  The Cabinet - Newsome 2 episodes, 1988
Roger Brierley Roger Brierley ...  The Cabinet - Andrews 2 episodes, 1988
Erin Donovan ...  The Americans - Chambers 2 episodes, 1988
Robert Arden ...  The Americans - Ambassador 2 episodes, 1988
Clive Panto Clive Panto ...  The Media - Producer 2 episodes, 1988
Zulema Dene ...  The Media - Vision Mixer 2 episodes, 1988
Terry John Terry John ...  The Media - Photographer 2 episodes, 1988
George Rossi ...  The Media - Photographer 2 episodes, 1988
Jessica Carney Jessica Carney ...  The People - Maureen 2 episodes, 1988
Caroline John ...  The People - Annette 2 episodes, 1988
Berwick Kaler ...  The People - Smith 2 episodes, 1988
Preston Lockwood Preston Lockwood ...  The People - Lord Fain 2 episodes, 1988


Harry Perkins, steel worker and trade unionist from Sheffield, becomes Prime Minister of the UK by a landslide, partly because of corruption and public disillusionment with the Conservative Party and financial institutions of the City of London. The IMF, the military and their secret service "comrades" start to plot against of the elected PM. They are unhappy with the non-nuclear and neutral aspirations of his party (during the Cold War) and are supported in their fears by nationalistic media moguls. Quietly, the protagonist Harry is driven by an underlying desire to compensate for the corporate manslaughter of his granddad, "who were killed at work" when he was "splashed by molten steel". Harry inherited his shaving mug, nothing more, and was originally determined to see workers participate in decision making for safety on the job. As his national-political consciousness grew he formed a wider agenda for a reinvestment in health and education as well as public ownership of public ... Written by Shaunrey@yahoo.com

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All the cars have 'J' registration plates. The series was made in 1988 when the current registration letter was 'E'; the producers obtained permission to use fake car registration plates to establish that the action was set in the future. See more »


Referenced in Zavtra (2014) See more »


Great Mass in C Minor
Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (as Mozart)
Performed by London Symphony Orchestra & London Symphony Chorus
Conducted by Colin Davis
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Excellence in Drama
26 August 2007 | by ed-627See all my reviews

Harry the Steelworker... it could have happened... discontent was growing with Maggie and her ilk. Where would be now? I for one would have voted for Harry.. totally believable in almost every respect, including the scenes with our American "friends". Harry could be as hard as steel (excuse the pun) but his heart was totally in the right place. Ray McAnnaly was born to play this role. And the musical score... what more could be said... I believe it won a major (well deserved) reward.. and quite rightly so...

This must rank as one of the best Dramas in British Television History. I have no hesitation in calling this a classic. Totally deserved.

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19 June 1988 (UK) See more »

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Colpo di stato all'inglese See more »

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Skreba Films See more »
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1.33 : 1
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