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The Falklands Play (2002)

Not Rated | | Drama, War | TV Movie 10 April 2002
On April 2, 1982, Britain went to war to regain the Falkland Islands. The Falklands Play is a gripping account of how Margaret Thatcher's government handled the biggest crisis in British ... See full summary »

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... Rt Hon Margaret Thatcher MP (Prime Minister)
... Rt Hon Peter, 6th Baron Carrington KCMG MC (Foreign Secretary)
... Rt Hon William Whitelaw CH MC MP (Home Secretary)
... Rt Hon Nicholas Ridley MP (Financial Secretary to the Treasury)
... Rt Hon Francis Pym MC MP (Lord President of the Council / Foreign Secretary)
... Sir Robert Armstrong (Cabinet Secretary)
... Richard Luce MP (Minister of State, Foreign Office)
... Rt Hon John Nott MP (Secretary of State for Defence)
... Rt Hon Sir Michael Havers QC MP (Attorney-General)
Jeremy Clyde ... Sir Nicholas Henderson (HM Ambassador to the United States)
... Alexander Haig (US Secretary of State)
Shaughan Seymour ... Adm. Sir Henry Leach (First Sea Lord)
... Robin Fearn (Head of Falkland Islands Department, Foreign Office)
Jasper Jacob ... John Wilkinson MP (Parliamentary Private Secretary to John Nott)
... Tom Enders (US Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs)
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On April 2, 1982, Britain went to war to regain the Falkland Islands. The Falklands Play is a gripping account of how Margaret Thatcher's government handled the biggest crisis in British foreign affairs since Suez. It tells the story of how Argentina - an ally of the British - fought the Conservative government and invaded the Falklands. This play charts the backroom maneuverings between Thatcher's government and the military, between the British and the Americans, and the Americans and the Argentines that led to a breakdown in diplomacy, to war and to Britain's eventual victory. Written by Alistair Jackson <ajackson@msn.com>

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Michael Cochrane (Nicholas Ridley) later appeared in two other BBC political dramas focussing on Margaret Thatcher: Margaret Thatcher: The Long Walk to Finchley (2008) and Margaret (2009), in which he played Sir Waldron Smithers and Alan Clark respectively. See more »

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Alexander Haig: We are trying to de-escalise a war.
Margaret Thatcher: So am I. But you do not do it by appeasement. You increase its chances. You see this table? This was where Neville Chamberlain sat in 1938 when he spoke on the wireless about the Czechs as "far away people about whom we know nothing and with whom we have so little in common". Munich! Appeasement! A world war followed because of that irresponsible, woolly-minded, indecisive, slip-shod attitude and the deaths of 45 million people.
Tom Enders: The fact that we have to treat...
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At last, a true appraisal of the situation.
20 September 2003 | by See all my reviews

In this day and age of cynicism it's refreshing for a film (tele-play?) to tell it how it was. At the end of the day a militaristic dictatorship invaded a peaceful little Island, watched over by a democratic nation. Sorry but those are the facts. This is how it's told. You then throw in a strong, charismatic leader and you've also got a damn good story. Patricia Hodge (I would never have cast her) was marvellous. Anyone wishing to see a balanced view of the conflict should watch this and An Ungentlemanly Act and this presentation.


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