The Falklands Play (2002)


Genres
Drama, War & Military
Runtime
1h 30min

Cast

Patricia Hodge
Rt. Hon Margaret Thatcher (Prime Minister)
John Standing
Rt Hon William Whitelaw CH MC MP (Home Secretary)
Michael Cochrane
Rt Hon Nicholas Ridley MP (Financial Secretary to the Treasury)
James Fox
Rt Hon Peter, 6th Baron Carrington KCMG MC (Foreign Secretary)
Colin Stinton
Alexander Haig (US Secretary of State)
Anthony Calf
Robin Fearn (Head of Falkland Islands Department, Foreign Office)
Jeremy Child
Rt Hon Francis Pym MC MP (Foreign Secretary)
Robert Hardy
Sir Anthony Parsons
John Woodvine
Adm. of the Fleet Sir Terence Lewin
Rupert Vansittart
Sir Robert Armstrong (Cabinet Secretary)
Jonathan Coy
Richard Luce MP (Minister of State, Foreign Office)
Clive Merrison
Rt Hon John Nott MP (Secretary of State for Defence)
Peter Blythe
Rt Hon Sir Michael Havers QC MP (Attorney-General)
Jeremy Clyde
Sir Nicholas Henderson (HM Ambassador to the United States)
Shaughan Seymour
Adm. Sir Henry Leach (First Sea Lord)
Jasper Jacob
John Wilkinson MP (Parliamentary Private Secretary to John Nott)
Bob Sherman
President Ronald Reagan
Lorelei King
Jeanne Kirkpatrick (US Ambassador to the UN)
Garrick Hagon
Vernon Walters (Senior Adviser to the US Secretary of State)
Arturo Venegas
Javier Pérez de Cuéllar (UN Secretary-General)
Vernon Dobtcheff
Nicanor Costa Méndez (Argentine Minister of External Relations)
Robert Bowman
Sir Hamilton Whyte (Member, British Mission to the UN)
John Woodvine
Adm. of the Fleet Sir Terence Lewin (Chief of the Defence Staff)
Tom Chadbon
Adm. Sir John Fieldhouse (C-in-C Fleet)
Gordon Langford Rowe
Rt Hon George Thomas MP (Speaker of the House of Commons)
Patrick Godfrey
Rt Hon Michael Foot MP (Leader of the Opposition)
Ron Meadows
Rt Hon Peter Shore MP (Shadow Chancellor of the Exchequer)
Renny Krupinski
David Lambie MP (Labour)
Charles McCurdy
John Browne MP (Conservative)
Martin Oldfield
Rt Hon Enoch Powell MP (Conservative)
Geoffrey Wilkinson
Sir Anthony Meyer Bt MP (Conservative)
Alan Rothwell
John Wells MP (Conservative)
Geoff Holman
Rt Hon Tony Benn MP (Labour)

Synopsis

The Falklands Play is a dramatic account of the political events leading up to, and including, the 1982 Falklands War. The play was written by Ian Curteis, an experienced writer who had started his television career in drama, but had increasingly come to specialise in dramatic reconstructions of history. It was originally commissioned by the BBC in 1983, for production and broadcast in 1986, but was subsequently shelved by Controller of BBC One Michael Grade due to its alleged pro-Margaret Thatcher stance and jingoistic tone. This prompted a press furore over media bias and censorship.The play was not staged until 2002, when it was broadcast in separate adaptations on BBC Television and Radio.

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