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Series cast summary:
Giles Thomas ...  Private Francis / ... 6 episodes, 1993
...  Pvt. Hopper 6 episodes, 1993
Louise Germaine ...  Sylvia Berry 6 episodes, 1993
...  Corporal Berry / ... 6 episodes, 1993
...  Colonel Bernwood / ... 6 episodes, 1993
...  Major Hedges / ... 6 episodes, 1993
...  Harold Atterbow 6 episodes, 1993
...  Major Carter / ... 6 episodes, 1993
...  Major Church / ... 6 episodes, 1993
...  Aunt Vickie 6 episodes, 1993
...  Uncle Fred 6 episodes, 1993
Bernard Brown ...  Eden / ... 6 episodes, 1993
Rod Aspinall ...  Catering Manager 6 episodes, 1993
Gareth Taplin ...  Dancer 6 episodes, 1993
...  Lt. Colonel Trekker / ... 5 episodes, 1993
...  Lisa 4 episodes, 1993
Carrie Leigh ...  Dream Girl 4 episodes, 1993
Frederick Treves ...  Brig. Sanders / ... 2 episodes, 1993
Debra Beaumont ...  Nina 2 episodes, 1993
James Snell ...  Trigorin 2 episodes, 1993
...  General 2 episodes, 1993
Tim Seely ...  Brigadier 2 episodes, 1993
Roger Hume ...  Lt. Colonel 2 episodes, 1993
Andy Laycock ...  First Soldier 2 episodes, 1993
...  Second Soldier 2 episodes, 1993
Che Walker ...  Policeman 2 episodes, 1993
...  Coffee Shop Girl / ... 2 episodes, 1993
Michael Neilson ...  The Man at the Palais 2 episodes, 1993
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During the Suez Crisis of 1956, two young clerks at the stuffy Foreign Office in Whitehall display little interest in the decline of the British Empire. To their eyes, it can hardly compete with girls, rock music (including "Lay Down Your Arms"), and the intrigue of romantic entanglements. Written by Bhob Stewart <bhob@genie.com>

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Du rouge à lèvres sur ton col  »

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Amanda Holden auditioned unsuccessfully for the role of Sylvia. See more »

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First Soldier: That Diana Dors.
Second Soldier: What about her?
First Soldier: I bet she's a good shag.
Second Soldier: And I'll bet you never find out.
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The Man With The Golden Arm
Written by Elmer Bernstein and Sylvia Fine
Used by kind permission of Warner Chappell Music Ltd
Performed by The Billy May Orchestra
Courtesy of Capitol Records
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Diana Dors, dying imperialism and a whiff of 10 Rillington Place
21 March 2006 | by See all my reviews

This TV series was simply wonderful, for me it's the best that I've seen of Dennis Potter. I wasn't born at the time that is depicted in the series (the year 1956), but it is all very convincing.

Never was boredom funnier than here. Rectal orifices, indeed! Waiting, waiting, waiting for Kim Philby's race forecast. Adhering to silly rituals to make the time pass and feeling that the country goes slowly downhill. Its really a relief the series has – under the circumstances - a happy and uplifting ending.

There are many great characters in this series, the whole cast excel themselves. Louise Germaine is very sexy and effective as Diana Dors lookalike, a pity she didn't continue her small or big screen career. The most interesting character for me was uncle Fred. I suspect there still are quite a few people like him out there. The whole set up at the house where he lives reminded me very much of 10 Rillington Place. I wouldn't be surprised if Potter created uncle Fred with Reginald Halliday Christie in mind.

I can highly recommend this series.


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