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A Very British Coup 

Not Rated | | Drama | TV Mini-Series (1988– )
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Harry Perkins, steel worker and trade unionist from Sheffield, becomes Prime Minister of the UK by a landslide, partly because of corruption and public disillusionment with the Conservative... See full summary »
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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Ray McAnally ...  The Cabinet - Harry Perkins 3 episodes, 1988
Marjorie Yates Marjorie Yates ...  The Cabinet - Cook 3 episodes, 1988
Geoffrey Beevers Geoffrey Beevers ...  The Cabinet - Wainwright 3 episodes, 1988
Hugh Martin ...  The Cabinet - Sampson 3 episodes, 1988
Keith Allen ...  The Staff - Thompson 3 episodes, 1988
Oliver Ford Davies ...  The Staff - Tweed 3 episodes, 1988
Bernard Kay ...  The Staff - Inspector Page 3 episodes, 1988
Alan MacNaughtan ...  The Public Servants - Browne 3 episodes, 1988
Tim McInnerny ...  The Public Servants - Fiennes 3 episodes, 1988
Christine Kavanagh Christine Kavanagh ...  The Public Servants - Liz 3 episodes, 1988
David McKail David McKail ...  The Public Servants - Robertson 3 episodes, 1988
Shane Rimmer ...  The Americans - Secretary of State 3 episodes, 1988
Philip O'Brien ...  The Americans - President 3 episodes, 1988
Clive Merrison ...  The Media - TV Interviewer 3 episodes, 1988
Philip Madoc ...  The Media - Fison 3 episodes, 1988
Jeremy Young ...  The Media - Alford 3 episodes, 1988
Stephanie Fayerman ...  The Media - Editor 3 episodes, 1988
Harmage Singh Kalirai ...  The People - Patel 3 episodes, 1988
Jim Carter ...  The Cabinet - Newsome 2 episodes, 1988
Roger Brierley Roger Brierley ...  The Cabinet - Andrews 2 episodes, 1988
Erin Donovan ...  The Americans - Chambers 2 episodes, 1988
Robert Arden ...  The Americans - Ambassador 2 episodes, 1988
Clive Panto Clive Panto ...  The Media - Producer 2 episodes, 1988
Zulema Dene ...  The Media - Vision Mixer 2 episodes, 1988
Terry John Terry John ...  The Media - Photographer 2 episodes, 1988
George Rossi ...  The Media - Photographer 2 episodes, 1988
Jessica Carney Jessica Carney ...  The People - Maureen 2 episodes, 1988
Caroline John ...  The People - Annette 2 episodes, 1988
Berwick Kaler ...  The People - Smith 2 episodes, 1988
Preston Lockwood Preston Lockwood ...  The People - Lord Fain 2 episodes, 1988
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Storyline

Harry Perkins, steel worker and trade unionist from Sheffield, becomes Prime Minister of the UK by a landslide, partly because of corruption and public disillusionment with the Conservative Party and financial institutions of the City of London. The IMF, the military and their secret service "comrades" start to plot against of the elected PM. They are unhappy with the non-nuclear and neutral aspirations of his party (during the Cold War) and are supported in their fears by nationalistic media moguls. Quietly, the protagonist Harry is driven by an underlying desire to compensate for the corporate manslaughter of his granddad, "who were killed at work" when he was "splashed by molten steel". Harry inherited his shaving mug, nothing more, and was originally determined to see workers participate in decision making for safety on the job. As his national-political consciousness grew he formed a wider agenda for a reinvestment in health and education as well as public ownership of public ... Written by Shaunrey@yahoo.com

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Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 June 1988 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Colpo di stato all'inglese See more »

Filming Locations:

UK

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Production Co:

Skreba Films See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(3 parts)

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Channel Four re-ran the series over Christmas 1988, edited into 1x3 hour version, akin to a 2.5 hour movie edit - removing the end titles of episode 1, start and end credits of episode 2, and the opening credits of episode 3. The continuity announcer referenced that it had won an Emmy. See more »

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Referenced in Zavtra (2014) See more »

Soundtracks

Great Mass in C Minor
Composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (as Mozart)
Performed by London Symphony Orchestra & London Symphony Chorus
Conducted by Colin Davis
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19 February 2000 | by shell-26See all my reviews

"A Very British Coup" was a turning point in my life. Aged about 18 and having spent much of that time in Mrs Thatcher's Britain, this mini-series illustrated what might have happened had a Michael Foot, Tony Benn or a Ken Livingstone been elected Prime Minister.

Ken Livingstone wrote a book called "If Voting Changed Anything They'd Abolish It". Harry Perkins the new socialist British Prime Minister, like all the best idealists fighting a hopeless cause, simply doesn't know when he is beaten, or rather he chooses to carry on regardless of the storm clouds looming.

Shortly after his election he receives the traditional congratulatory phone call from the US president. A formal script is placed in his hands which he refuses to follow much to everyone's consternation and the scene is set.

The Americans cannot risk losing control of their huge static aircraft carrier off the coast of France (it used to be called the UK). Big Business tries to starve the Perkins government of funds. Harry responds brilliantly surviving on low cunning and simple honesty in this capitalistic, high-brow, dishonest world.

There is no way his government can survive, it will not be allowed. There are dark forces gathering......


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