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...
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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 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
Channel Four re-ran the series over Christmas 1988, edited into 1x3 hour version, akin to a 2.5 hour movie edit - removing the end titles of episode 1, start and end credits of episode 2, and the opening credits of episode 3. The continuity announcer referenced that it had won an Emmy. See more »
Imagine a working class steelworker from a council flat in Sheffield,winning a landslide election victory. On a policy of telling the truth removing all nuclear deterrence and using the money to create jobs improve the NHS and schools. How that would throw the establishment. And here we have the premise for a Very British Coup. This may hay have been made 30 years ago but it is as relevant today as it was then. The late Ray Mcaulley is fantastic in the lead role and the support cast including a young Kieth Allen are all superb. A timeless classic.
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