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Series cast summary:
Robert Lindsay ...  Michael Murray 7 episodes, 1991
Michael Palin ...  Jim Nelson 7 episodes, 1991
Dearbhla Molloy ...  Laura Nelson 7 episodes, 1991
Alan Igbon ...  Teddy 7 episodes, 1991
Andrew Schofield ...  Peter 7 episodes, 1991
Philip Whitchurch ...  Franky Murray 7 episodes, 1991
Julie Walters ...  Mrs. Murray 7 episodes, 1991
Paul Oldham Paul Oldham ...  Joey Thug 7 episodes, 1991
Tom Georgeson Tom Georgeson ...  Lou Barnes 7 episodes, 1991
Chris Hargreaves Chris Hargreaves ...  Scrawny Thug 7 episodes, 1991
Gary Mavers ...  Billy Thug 7 episodes, 1991
Wayne Foskett ...  Macker Thug 7 episodes, 1991
Karl Barry Karl Barry ...  Fifth Thug 7 episodes, 1991
Paul Daneman Paul Daneman ...  Mervyn Sloan 7 episodes, 1991
Peter-Hugo Daly Peter-Hugo Daly ...  Bubbles 7 episodes, 1991
Jane Danson ...  Eileen Critchley 7 episodes, 1991
Lindsay Duncan ...  Barbara Douglas 6 episodes, 1991
Edward Mallon Edward Mallon ...  Mark Nelson 6 episodes, 1991
Hayley Fairclough Hayley Fairclough ...  Jessica Nelson 6 episodes, 1991
Michael Angelis ...  Martin Niarchos 6 episodes, 1991
Anna Friel ...  Susan Nelson 6 episodes, 1991
David Ross David Ross ...  Mr Weller 6 episodes, 1991
Jimmy Mulville ...  Researcher 6 episodes, 1991
Stephen Hall Stephen Hall ...  Young Michael Murray 6 episodes, 1991
Bill Stewart Bill Stewart ...  Geoff 5 episodes, 1991
Gareth Tudor Price Gareth Tudor Price ...  Richard Grenville 5 episodes, 1991
Michelle Atkinson Michelle Atkinson ...  Young Barbara 5 episodes, 1991
John Henshaw ...  Minder 1 4 episodes, 1991
Al Brierley Al Brierley ...  Minder 2 4 episodes, 1991
Sean Naughton Sean Naughton ...  Minder 3 4 episodes, 1991
Paul Butterworth ...  Terry - Director of Education 4 episodes, 1991
Ayesa Toure Ayesa Toure ...  Monica 4 episodes, 1991
Julia St John Julia St John ...  Diane Niarchos 4 episodes, 1991
Colin Douglas Colin Douglas ...  Frank Twist 4 episodes, 1991
Clifford Rose ...  Judge Critchley 4 episodes, 1991
Ian Hartley Ian Hartley ...  Joel 4 episodes, 1991
Christopher Halliday Christopher Halliday ...  McKenzie 4 episodes, 1991
Daniel Massey ...  Grosvenor 3 episodes, 1991
Judith Barker Judith Barker ...  Margie 3 episodes, 1991
Kelvin Jordon Kelvin Jordon ...  Tommy 3 episodes, 1991
Paula Bartlett Paula Bartlett ...  Rachel 3 episodes, 1991
Michael Fernandez Michael Fernandez ...  Jake 3 episodes, 1991
Debra Gillett Debra Gillett ...  Sylvia 3 episodes, 1991
John Shrapnel ...  Dr Jacobs 3 episodes, 1991
Norman Mills Norman Mills ...  Red Neck Councillor 3 episodes, 1991
Peter Armitage ...  Mr Burns 3 episodes, 1991
Arthur Spreckley Arthur Spreckley ...  Grandfather Burns 3 episodes, 1991
Jean Anderson ...  Dr. Goldup 3 episodes, 1991
Rachel Laurence Rachel Laurence ...  Hotel Receptionist 3 episodes, 1991
Jake Abraham Jake Abraham ...  Black Waiter 3 episodes, 1991
William Franklyn William Franklyn ...  Distinguished Gent 3 episodes, 1991
Noreen Kershaw Noreen Kershaw ...  Maureen Murray 3 episodes, 1991
Jim Pope Jim Pope ...  Presenter 3 episodes, 1991
Daniel Street-Brown Daniel Street-Brown ...  Robby Burns 2 episodes, 1991
Serena Harragin Serena Harragin ...  Miss Hutchinson 2 episodes, 1991
Chris Darwin Chris Darwin ...  Barry 2 episodes, 1991
Ken Kitson ...  Vince 2 episodes, 1991
James Tomlinson James Tomlinson ...  Stan 2 episodes, 1991
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Dee Orr Dee Orr ...  Schoolmistress 2 episodes, 1991
Cliff Howells Cliff Howells ...  Cartwright / ... 2 episodes, 1991
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Edward Clayton Edward Clayton ...  Chief Constable 2 episodes, 1991
Peter Faulkner Peter Faulkner ...  Radio Journalist 2 episodes, 1991
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Michael Murray is an ambitious and charismatic politician, Jim Nelson is a much loved headmaster of a local school for disturbed children. When the paths of these two men cross, things are destined never to be the same again. Written by Anonymous

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A savage indictment of power.

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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 June 1991 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Alan Bleasdale's G.B.H. See more »

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(7 parts)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

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Color
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Alan Bleasdale originally offered the role of Michael Murray to Michael Palin. At that time, Robert Lindsay was busy working on a film in the USA and was not available. When Lindsay became available a few weeks later because his US project had fallen through, Bleasdale offered him the role of Michael Murray, saying that it was the part that he (Bleasdale) had always wanted Lindsay to play. Rather embarrassed, he asked Palin to play Jim Nelson instead. Michael Palin freely admits that Robert Lindsay portrayed Michael Murray far better than he (Palin) would have done. See more »

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[Eileen Critchley ties a scarf around her neck and holds out the ends to young Michael Murray]
Eileen Critchley: Pull it, Michael. Tight! Tight! Strangle me!
Young Michael Murray: But why?
Eileen Critchley: I want to know what happens next.
Young Michael Murray: But *I* don't.
Eileen Critchley: You *do* want to please me, don't you, Michael?
Young Michael Murray: I do! I do! I want to.
Eileen Critchley: Well then, do it! Tighter, Michael. Tighter. Watch me, Michael. Tighter.
[she begins to choke, banging her feet on the ground and hitting his legs with her hands]
Young Michael Murray: I can't Eileen. It's wrong!
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The series was originally broadcast in seven episodes of approximately 90 minutes each; however, for some repeat screenings, the series has been recut into 10 hour-long episodes. See more »

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The very best of British
17 February 2004 | by pgilchrist1See all my reviews

This is British drama at it's ultimate. There has been little to touch it since it's release. Bleasedale's script is full of twists and turns taking you from outright hatred and revulsion of the main characters through pity, sympathy and finally on to adoration.

The story is truly mesmerising, on the face of it a plain story of extreme left-wing politics in local government. So very typical of the late 70's and early 80's Britain and led to the phrase "Loony Left".

As the story progresses we learn that not all is quite what it seems. Michael Murray (Robert Linsay) is shown to be just as much of a pawn of the system, as the wretched Jim Nelson (Michael Palin) who he tries to take down in the first few episodes.

The acting is powerful, and way beyond what is expected of a TV drama. Look out for many of Bleasedale's favourite actors throughout the story.

Sadly this was one of the last real dramas produced and funded by UK Channel 4 before they were forced by the UK government to produce more 'popular' programming. A move that eventually forced C4 from becoming the major source of funding for British film, into nothing more than a proud sponsor.


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