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The Alan Clark Diaries 

Alan Clarke (Sir John Hurt) is the Member of Parliament for Plymouth Sutton, where he longs for a "proper" role as a Minister in Thatcher's government. When he gets the call, he joins the ... See full summary »
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Series cast summary:
John Hurt ...  Alan Clark 6 episodes, 2004
Jenny Agutter ...  Jane Clark 6 episodes, 2004
Hugh Fraser ...  Tristan Garel-Jones 5 episodes, 2004
Nicholas Jones ...  Peter Morrison 5 episodes, 2004
Jeremy Clyde Jeremy Clyde ...  Jonathan Aitken 5 episodes, 2004
Peter Blythe ...  Tom King 4 episodes, 2004
Paul Brooke ...  Ian Gow 3 episodes, 2004
James Wallace ...  Reporter 3 episodes, 2004
Louise Gold Louise Gold ...  Margaret Thatcher 3 episodes, 2004
Eric Richard ...  Dave 3 episodes, 2004
Julian Wadham ...  Julian Scopes 2 episodes, 2004
Mark Tandy ...  Donald Derx 2 episodes, 2004
Benedict Martin ...  Reporter 2 episodes, 2004
Mel Martin ...  Valerie Harkess 2 episodes, 2004
Julia Davis ...  Jenny Easterbrook 2 episodes, 2004
Terence Harvey ...  Charles Powell 2 episodes, 2004
Lars Arentz-Hansen ...  Finnish Man 2 episodes, 2004
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Alan Clarke (Sir John Hurt) is the Member of Parliament for Plymouth Sutton, where he longs for a "proper" role as a Minister in Thatcher's government. When he gets the call, he joins the government, but is totally unprepared for the commitment involved, and is totally unable (and unwilling) to manage the rigors of bill reading and committees. Despite this, he rises up the ranks, still proving his apparent penchant for controversy and evasion. Written by bob the moo

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Power is the ultimate aphrodisiac. Well that was his excuse.

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Official Sites:

BBC Four [UK]

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 January 2004 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

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London, England, UK See more »

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(6 episodes)

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Stereo

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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Last television acting role of Peter Blythe (Tom King). See more »

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In episode three, Clark's ministerial globetrotting is charted on an animated map. Unfortunately the map used for this sequence is a present-day one and very obviously wrong for the 1980s setting (the Soviet Union, Czechoslovakia and Yugoslavia should each be shown as a single country). This is especially conspicuous because Clark travels to Sarajevo, and Bosnia-Hercegovinia was a republic within Yugoslavia, not an independent country. See more »

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Alan Clark: My enemies are rampant.
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A ramble through Thatcher's Britain
17 August 2012 | by eigaeyeSee all my reviews

Alan Clark is a junior minister in the Thatcher government: irreverent, accident-prone and indiscreet. He wants to move up the slippery pole but lacks the necessary energy or cunning or self-belief. Only when the administration enters terminal decline can he rise to a higher station as others slip rapidly down the pole. Bureaucrats consider him a fool; he alternately lusts after (the females) and loathes them. John Hurt gets this character very well and Jenny Agutter plays his long-suffering wife with a nice mixture of brave grins and maternal snarls. What's missing is a dramatic context for Clark's monologues/thought bubbles. The viewer is rushed through a series of political accidents and incidents in which it is often hard to know or remember who is who and what is what. Too often, we are expected to be satisfied with the Clark witticisms without being given a proper understanding of what it is he's being witty about. The flatness to the look of the series and the metronomic directorial pacing prevent us from fully engaging with the larger story of a government willing to accommodate someone like Alan Clark.


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