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Series cast summary:
Giles Thomas Giles Thomas ...  Private Francis / ... 6 episodes, 1993
Ewan McGregor ...  Pvt. Hopper 6 episodes, 1993
Louise Germaine Louise Germaine ...  Sylvia Berry 6 episodes, 1993
Douglas Henshall ...  Corporal Berry / ... 6 episodes, 1993
Peter Jeffrey ...  Colonel Bernwood / ... 6 episodes, 1993
Clive Francis ...  Major Hedges / ... 6 episodes, 1993
Roy Hudd ...  Harold Atterbow 6 episodes, 1993
Nicholas Jones ...  Major Carter / ... 6 episodes, 1993
Nicholas Farrell ...  Major Church / ... 6 episodes, 1993
Maggie Steed ...  Aunt Vickie 6 episodes, 1993
Bernard Hill ...  Uncle Fred 6 episodes, 1993
Bernard Brown Bernard Brown ...  Eden / ... 6 episodes, 1993
Rod Aspinall Rod Aspinall ...  Catering Manager 6 episodes, 1993
Gareth Taplin Gareth Taplin ...  Dancer 6 episodes, 1993
Shane Rimmer ...  Lt. Colonel Trekker / ... 5 episodes, 1993
Kim Huffman ...  Lisa 4 episodes, 1993
Carrie Leigh Carrie Leigh ...  Dream Girl 4 episodes, 1993
Frederick Treves ...  Brig. Sanders / ... 2 episodes, 1993
Debra Beaumont Debra Beaumont ...  Nina 2 episodes, 1993
James Snell James Snell ...  Trigorin 2 episodes, 1993
Terence Bayler ...  General 2 episodes, 1993
Tim Seely Tim Seely ...  Brigadier 2 episodes, 1993
Roger Hume Roger Hume ...  Lt. Colonel 2 episodes, 1993
Andy Laycock Andy Laycock ...  First Soldier 2 episodes, 1993
Daniel Ryan ...  Second Soldier 2 episodes, 1993
Che Walker Che Walker ...  Policeman 2 episodes, 1993
Lesley Mirza ...  Coffee Shop Girl / ... 2 episodes, 1993
Michael Neilson 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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

21 February 1993 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Du rouge à lèvres sur ton col See more »

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(6 parts)

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

Quotes

Sylvia Berry: Do you like music?
Private Mick Hopper: Do I like music?
Sylvia Berry: Yeah, but what sort?
Private Mick Hopper: The sort where "moon" don't rhyme with "June," and you're not up to your backside in bloody buttercups. Songs that aren't about your mum and dad. A bit rough. A beat that busts up the old way...the old stodge...the empire...and knowing your place, and "excuse me," and dressing up, and doing what you're told, and not once being asked!
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Soundtracks

Lipstick On Your Collar
Written by Edna Lewis and George Goehring
Used by kind permission of MCA Music Ltd
Performed by Connie Francis
Courtesy of Polydor Ltd
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The way television drama ought to be.
16 January 2005 | by cheepnisoneSee all my reviews

In my view this is one of Potter's most impressive works. It has been years since I saw the series on television but I remember it became the highlight of my week. The unpredictable plot and the surreal use of day dreams and 50's music was masterful.

Louise Germaine was brilliantly cast as the stunningly beautiful Sylvia. She was beautiful that is until she spoke, revealing the most dreadful accent. A memorable performance. Even back in the early nineties it was clear that Ewan MrGegor was destined to go on to greater things.

Highly recommended viewing.


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