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This caustic, three-part BBC drama, based on a book by Chris Mullin, takes place in an imaginary British political scenario in which the left-leaning leader of the Labour Party becomes prime minister of Great Britain. Of course, his agenda meets with foreseeable opposition from other members of the government, as well as a media mogul and other, behind-the-scenes movers and shakers. The story, though distinctly British as its title suggests, provides a keyhole look into the ensuing intrigue present in political maneuvering.

Channel 4
1 Season, 3 Episodes
June 19, 1988
Mini-Series
8.5/10
Cast: Ray McAnally, Marjorie Yates, Geoffrey Beevers, Hugh Martin
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A Very British Coup Full Episode Guide

  • A Very British Coup opens with the election of Perkins, an ex-steelworker from Sheffield, who becomes prime minister in a landslide victory on a manifesto committed to radical policies...

  • The world outside Number 10 is none too pleased with Perkins, with the media, the civil service, the armed services and particularly the Americans all who set out to stop him in his tracks.

  • A Very British Coup opens with the election of Perkins, an ex-steelworker from Sheffield, who becomes prime minister in a landslide victory on a manifesto committed to radical policies...

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