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The Government Inspector (2005)

Peter Kosminsky's powerful factual drama about the Iraq dossier row and the subsequent death of Dr David Kelly, one of the top government experts on Weapons of Mass Destruction.

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Peter Kosminsky
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mark Rylance ... Dr. David Kelly
Jonathan Cake ... Alastair Campbell
Emma Fielding ... Susan Watts
Daniel Ryan ... Andrew Gilligan
Geraldine Alexander ... Janice Kelly
Georgina Rylance ... Rachel Kelly
James Larkin ... Tony Blair
Julian Wadham ... Jonathan Powell
Pip Torrens ... John Scarlett
Philip Bowen Philip Bowen ... Sir Kevin Tebbit
Barnaby Kay ... Tom Kelly
Tom Beard ... Godric Smith
Darren Morfitt Darren Morfitt ... Daniel Pruce
Martin Maynard Martin Maynard ... Paul Hammill
Geoffrey Freshwater ... Andrew MacKinlay
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Peter Kosminsky's powerful factual drama about the Iraq dossier row and the subsequent death of Dr David Kelly, one of the top government experts on Weapons of Mass Destruction.

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Official Sites:

Channel 4 [UK]

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

17 March 2005 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

David Kelly - Der Waffeninspekteur See more »

Filming Locations:

London, England, UK See more »

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Color
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Dr. David Kelly: I don't think I will ever return to Iraq. Except as a tourist...
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Well-researched and excellently portrayed
17 March 2005 | by GeoGirlSee all my reviews

I found this an excellent film, with a good cast and a great performance by Mark Rylance as Dr Kelly. It seemed to be of theatrical release quality. I hope a DVD will be available.

The producers have clearly made a great effort to ensure that the events and the roles of the people involved come as close to reality as possible. Unusually for a film that portrays real-life events, I found this totally believable. I think it is a fair representation of events, no character seemed unfairly or improperly portrayed. I was left with a strong impression of how a string of seemingly unimportant events can have tragic consequences. I truly hope that the Kelly family feel this is a fair film. Dr Kelly comes out of it very well - I hope the film will serve as a reminder to the nation of how we lost one of our most valuable public servants, and how our government failed in their duty of care for him.

It was a characteristically bold move by Channel 4, that has been most successful.


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