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DVD: A Very British Coup | reviews, news & interviews

DVD: A Very British Coup

DVD: A Very British Coup

Chris Mullin's conspiracy thriller is a fun period piece with uncanny echoes

Ray McAnally's Labour PM Harry Perkins: family resemblance to Stalin, anyone?

The Conservatives have been in power for years, the working man feels disenfranchised, unemployment is rife, and there’s really bad music on the radio. And then Labour’s long-awaited electoral landslide, and all is right in the world! 1997? Not a bit of it. This is 1988 – at least, in author (and former Labour MP) Chris Mullin’s imagination – and leftist radical Harry Perkins sweeps into Number 10 with his agenda of rampant socialism and public accountability. The honourable member from Sheffield wants to nationalise all the goodies, and isn’t shy about taking financial aid from Russian banks. He doesn’t quite change “Cabinet” to “Politburo”, but it’s close. And it probably doesn’t help that – as played by the late Ray McAnally with a bootblack ‘tache – Perkins bears more than a passing resemble to Stalin.

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