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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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The final original Dennis Potter production completed and broadcast in his lifetime. See more »

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Major Church: Name? Say again?
Private Francis Francis: Francis, sir. Francis, F.
Major Church: What's the F?
Private Francis Francis: Francis, sir.
Major Church: Yes, yes, what's the F?
Private Francis Francis: Francis, sir. Francis Francis.
Major Church: How very economical. Well, Francis, get this clear. When we call you "Francis," we mean "Francis," not "Francis."
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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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One of the great Dennis Potter movies
4 March 2006 | by See all my reviews

Super integration of songs and plot, superb acting by all. One of my favorite movies, although it's really too long to be a "movie." Giles Thomas is wonderful as private Francis Francis. I own this one and watch it at least once a year. It's that good. This is NOT a movie for children, as none of Potter's work is. One of the song and dance numbers is integrated into the plot in a most extraordinary way. It's the one in the military intelligence office about Egypt with the camel. The room is floor is full of balloons. When the number ends, and we get back to "reality," Col. Bernwood walks across the floor and kicks a final, pink balloon out of the way.


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