When the Hurly-Burly's Done 

Further events of the mutiny and its resolution.


Jim O'Brien


Alan Bleasdale (screenplay), William Allison (novel) | 1 more credit »


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Paul McGann ... Percy Toplis
Timothy West ... Thomson
Ron Donachie ... Strachan
Anthony Calf ... Guiness
Geoff Morrell ... Aussie Gas Mask
Louis Mellis Louis Mellis ... Scots Gas Mask
David Allister David Allister ... General Asser
Matthew Marsh ... Charles Strange
Jerome Flynn ... Franny
Bill Fellows ... Geordie (as Billy Fellows)
Nicholas Teare Nicholas Teare ... Thomson's Driver
Patrick Doyle ... Gilzean
Paul Williamson Paul Williamson ... General Horwood
Penelope Wilton ... Lady Angela Forbes
Philip McGough Philip McGough ... Woodhall


Further events of the mutiny and its resolution.

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Drama | History | War



Release Date:

14 September 1986 (UK) See more »

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Did You Know?


The episode title is a reference to a line from William Shakespeare's play Macbeth. See more »


[after the riot, Thomson confronts some of the rioters who have scarves round their necks to hide their identities; under pressure he signs to say that he agrees to their demands]
Thomson: There's not one of you who's capable of looking me in the eye, staring me in the face, standing up man-to-man.
[Toplis removes his scarf, showing his face]
Thomson: *You* again. I shan't forget you. Who are you? Tell me.
Percy Toplis: Whoever I want to be. And who are you - any more?
[soldier jeer and Thomson walks away, defeated]
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Let The Great Big World Keep Turning
Written by Nat Ayer and Clifford Grey
Sung by Paul McGann
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