Monday, February 16, 2015

Masterpiece Theatre: A Very British Coup

from the book log (1/16/89):

Masterpiece Theatre: A Very British Coup.
aired in 2 parts: Jan 15, 9:00-10:00pm and Jan 16, 9:00-11:00pm on channel 9, KQED

An interesting entertainment. Lots of quick cutting from scene to scene, overlap of dialogue & background noises as locale changed, lots of extreme close-ups, the faces from lower lip to eyebrow filling the screen. Well-written drama about a “radical” from the Labour Party left, Perkins, [who] wins a landslide victory. He tells the U.S. to take its bases and go home. He dismantles the British nukes. He fights a CIA-led electric power workers’ strike. And there’s a happy ending that almost seems plausible.


acilius said...

I liked that show a lot. I watched it with my father, who refused to believe that the ending, with the aircraft noises and the BBC voice announcing that there would be a statement from Buckingham Palace clearing up the "recent political crisis in the United Kingdom," was really the end. But I suppose the whole point of a coup d'etat is the short-circuiting of the drama of democratic life, so an attempt to imagine what it would be like to have a coup in one's own country would have to come to an abrupt, unsatisfying conclusion.

Glenn Ingersoll said...

It's fun being able to take advantage of the multi-media aspects of the web. I watched a couple minutes of "A Very British Coup" when I found it on hulu. I don't know that I'm in a hurry to watch the whole thing again, but it's available!

David Lee Ingersoll said...

This was a favorite of Sarah's for years. She watched it multiple times.