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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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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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Channel 4 [UK]

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UK

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English

Release Date:

17 March 2005 (UK) See more »

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London, England, UK See more »

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Color
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Dr. David Kelly: [On the phone. The first bombings of Baghdad are on the news in the background] Where are you?
Richard Ottaway: In Baghdad! I just wanted to hear a friendly voice.
Dr. David Kelly: I'm at my daughter's wedding. Did you want me to try and get you out?
Richard Ottaway: [the line goes dead]
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Breathtaking!
8 January 2008 | by rosen-17See all my reviews

Mere words fall short in being able to adequately convey my response to this docu-drama - only seen for the first time in Australia a couple of nights ago. By now we all have access to the truth of what happened following 9-11, but this film gives insight into the machinations of both government and the role the media played, and still play to this day, in 'informing' the public.

This film belongs to Mark Rylance. His portrayal of Dr David Kelly is both realistic and poignant, and he never misses a beat. We see a sensitive man being served up as a fall guy, and we also see his recognition of the truth of what is happening to him as it's happening. Whilst I knew the outcome before seeing the film, watching him choose the place where he eventually takes his own life is at once painful and even shocking.

Great stuff!


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