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Absolute Power 

The inner workings of a successful PR firm - lying for a living.

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Mark Tavener
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Series cast summary:
Stephen Fry ...  Charles Prentiss 12 episodes, 2003-2005
John Bird John Bird ...  Martin McCabe 12 episodes, 2003-2005
James Lance ...  Jamie Front 12 episodes, 2003-2005
Zoe Telford ...  Alison Jackman 12 episodes, 2003-2005
Nicholas Burns ...  Nick Mayer 12 episodes, 2003-2005
Sally Bretton ...  Cat Durnford 12 episodes, 2003-2005
Stefanie Callister Stefanie Callister ...  Newsreader 6 episodes, 2003-2005
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With spin doctors ery much in the spotlight of late, this TV adaption of the BBC radio series could hardly have picked a better time to rear its head. The show centres around the workings of Prentiss McCabe, a PR agency whose offices play host to a succession of minor celebrities, politicians and high-up businessmen who all need photo-shoots arranging and soundbites composing. Ethics are not a priority; the firm's staff will lie, cheat and possibly steal as long as it makes their clients look good. Written by Richard Smeltzer

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Welcome to the world of public relations See more »

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 November 2003 (UK) See more »

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A tudás hatalom See more »

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(6 episodes)

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Stereo

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Color
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Charles Prentiss: Now. So... er... paintings... in the style of John Sell Cotman, Tom Girtin, Turner... The great tradition of English watercolourists and by extension, therefore, your enemy is... painters who prefer to use acrylics? Um... help me out. Um... right. "A.H." They're all signed A.H. Er... That would be Alice? Agatha? Give me a clue.
Martin McCabe: Adolf Hitler.
Lord Harcourt: The Commandant's desk from Auschwitz. His chair. This key once unlocked the main gate at Belsen. And over here, and this is particularly recherche, a ...
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Spun-off from In the Red (1998) See more »

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A damn fine job, brilliant!
7 January 2006 | by playdumbSee all my reviews

Hi, This is a fantastic satire on spin and th 'real' power behind popular news stories of the day. British irony at its best. Wickedly funny. Stephen Fry is at his best portraying Charles Prentiss and the script is far above the cheap humour seen on other comedy series, though some might find it a bit too high-brow.

There were 2 runs of this show one in autumn/winter 2003 and then in summer 2005.

PS - For those who like these kind of media based cynicism would also like "Trevor's World of Sport" another BBC comedy to feature around the same time starring Neil Pearson and Paul Reynolds.

Both shows at their heart are about (comic) observations of a crazy world that feature an ironic pair as bosses, one controlling manipulative and the other bumbling, meek work to look forward to retire.


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