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A Very British Coup [DVD] [UK Import]
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Based on the novel by Labour MP Chris Mullin, and adapted for the screen by Alan Plater (Fortunes of War), A Very British Coup imagines what might have happened if a Left-Wing Labour MP had become Prime Minister of the UK at the end of the 1980s. Radical Leftist Harry Perkins (Ray McNally), an unassuming working class politician from Sheffield, stands for open and honest government. Despite a landslide victory for Labour, Perkins is fighting for his seat from day one as the right-wing establishment and its American allies scheme to plot his downfall. Adultery, blackmail and conspiracies abound, Perkins remains committed to his socialist agenda. But when politics gets dirty, can he play the game and win?
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Any re-issue should include sub-titles as the British accents are hard to understand sometimes.
The dust jacket for the VHS tape version indicates there are 240 minutes. But this is error, as there are only 152 minutes: Part One, 49 minutes; Part Two, 51 minutes; and Part Three, 52 minutes.
On the dust jacket, and at the introductory beginning of each Part, there are flames and burning material falling onto London -- but this never occurs in this TV mini-series, although it does occur in the book upon which the TV mini-series is based. So, those flames are misleading to a viewer of this TV mini-series.
The ending is hard to understand at first watch; but it helps to know the history of England. Near the end of the last Part in this TV mini-series, the principal nemesis of the do-gooder Prime Minister has been identified as being part of a behind-the-scenes power structure that has effectively ruled England since the Middle Ages; this nemesis is watching the PM preach on TV, and this nemesis asks Military Officers present, “Who will free me from this turbulent priest?” This mimics the question traditionally ascribed to King Henry II in 1170, “Who will free me from this troublesome priest?” (Alternatively rendered as, "Who will rid me of this turbulent priest?") Whatever Henry II actually said in 1170, knights who heard the question immediately went out and assassinated the king’s nemesis, Thomas Becket, the Archbishop of Canterbury who was then resisting Henry II’s attempt to control the Christian Church in England.
All in all a nice piece.
One of my favorite moments comes early in the program when the new Prime Minister is meeting with the U.S. Secretary of State. The Secretary is arguing that Britain needs nuclear weapons in order to defend itself.
"Vietnam didn't," the Prime Minister responds, and the Secretary walks out in a huff.
I don't know whether this show is available on DVD. I tried to order it years ago (I believe the program first aired in the early '90s) and got a DVD that wouldn't play on an American player. So my copy is on VHS.
I've also read the book by Chris Mullen, which has a different and much less satisfying ending.
The designers of this series are to be complimented on the sets, which reproduced the interiors of Number 10 Downing Street in a convincing manner (from pictures I have seen). The elegant imagining of the staircase, the cabinet room, and the residence stand in marked contrast to those of "The Amazing Mrs. Pritchard," in which the interiors were so nondescript that I never believed for one minute that I was actually inside one of the most famous residences in London.
A drawback of this well-acted series [Among other actors, Clive Merrison is excellent as a slick BBC news presenter who excels in lobbing loaded questions at his guests.] is its rather faded look (although this probably can't be helped since the program was made for television in 1986). The series is also dated by the device that was likely included to give the story a hypothetical aspect: it refers to a king, which, since the Queen is still with us--and long may she reign!--and the Soviet Union has folded, detracts from the verisimilitude of the scenario. The most dated aspect of the film, however, is the use of what now seem like gothic computers with LED TV-like monitors that must hold about 55k of memory (Shades of my old Apple IIe!). One wonders whether the cell phones on "The Amazing Mrs. Pritchard" will seem like dinosaurs in twenty years!
To Acorn Media's credit, they have included a lengthy audio interview with the author as well as selected filmographies. As usual, there are no subtitles.
Each episode begins with disturbing images of burning debris falling into the Thames. The full significance of these does not impact the viewer until the end credits roll.