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  • Message 1. 

    Posted by Mobson (U14628682) on Thursday, 4th November 2010

    Ha Ha, just when you thought that may be the subject of what ensued during the period until we finally got our new coalition government has been done to death, well the Beeb think differently... they've made a play of it & it looks a good'un!

    Not only because it's written by award winning writer Matthew Solon; produced and directed by John (Severed Threads) Dryden, but also the cast matches the credentials of the production team.

    David Cameron is played by silky Sam West (out of the underground bunker in last week's The Vanishing) to go straight into another! Nick Clegg's played by Nicholas Bolton & Phillip Jackson plays William Hague. The Opps: Gordon (Where is He nowadays?) Brown is played by Gerard Kelly; Ed Balls will no doubt be played with gusto by John Sessions, who also doubles up as Ed Milliband, and the Prince of Darkness is played by wonderful Henry Goodman. Harriet Harman, the only woman in the cast (how true to life that is) is played by Charlotte Longifled. Ok, we all know the outcome but if the dialogue lives up to the above billing it should be a corker!!!

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    Posted by Mobson (U14628682) on Saturday, 6th November 2010

    Flagging it up, so that you don't miss it!

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    Posted by mdsmike (U14676389) on Saturday, 6th November 2010

    Hi,

    When I turned on, the last five minutes sounded unmissable - but I had!

    Went to iPlayer to re-run, but BBC still hasn't yet resolved it's problem with copyright, despite lack of opposition, so not available to listen to.

    If the author is looking at this blog, I would be delighted if he could provide an e-mail address where I and others might contact him to beg an MP3 copy to download.

    mdsmike

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    Posted by missyoung84 (U14676444) on Saturday, 6th November 2010

    Was the intention at any point to make the audience cry?!

    While listening to Gordon Brown getting ready to "leave for the palace" I really felt myself well up. What a refreshingly compassionate portrayal of a man so many are quick to attack.

    I am not putting myself forward as Gordon Brown's biggest fan, although I do tend to jump to his defence as whatever you may think of his political decisions, smile or views - I'm sure he did the best job he could.

    I only heard the last part of the play, so I will be making sure I give the whole 60 minutes the attention it deserves in the very near future.

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    Posted by William Stevenson (U14099826) on Saturday, 6th November 2010

    The problem is that it won't be true- it's too recent so those who reported all the meetings to hacks will have been sanitising their own doings. I might have listened to it if it had been fiction, but this pretence at being true caused me to give it a miss.

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    Posted by caissier (U14073060) on Saturday, 6th November 2010

    I don't quite see the advantage of doing this as an historical reconstruction rather than get Steve Richards to do something like his Brown Years. Here there is the distraction of wether the impersonations are accurate or believable and there is no parallel explanation. Sam West is always good but here he's asked to do Cameron who always sound like he is acting himself and I didn't think the script was so good ...

    "Challenge me, George!"

    Er, well it's bold....."

    "Bold is Good!!!"

    ...... more listening in to a meeting at an ad-agency.

    I wonder if they will include discussions about attacking the NHS and making 'delicious' hate-filled axe-cuts to the BBC? Coalition friendly smiley - smiley.

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    Posted by Mobson (U14628682) on Sunday, 7th November 2010

    Sunday morning:
    The I-player is working right now to catch up or listen again.

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    Posted by Mobson (U14628682) on Sunday, 7th November 2010

    Sunday morning:
    The i-player is working fine to catch up or listen again.



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    Posted by Mobson (U14628682) on Sunday, 7th November 2010

    Sunday morning:
    The i-player is working fine to catch up or listen again.





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  • Message 10

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    Posted by Mobson (U14628682) on Sunday, 7th November 2010

    what a refreshingly compassionate portrayal of a man (Gordon Brown) so many are quick to attack 

    Would also like to acknowledge the BBC's tribute at the start of the play to the actor who played GB in what was his last role, namely Gerard Kelly, who died tragically last week at the age of 51 years.

    .....finally, apologies to the actress Claire Longfield for spelling her name incorrectly in my first post!

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  • Message 11

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    Posted by cats22 (U14578443) on Sunday, 7th November 2010

    Agreed and it was a fine performance.

    You were right the first time, it was Charlotte Longfield.

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    Posted by cats22 (U14578443) on Sunday, 7th November 2010

    Not sure what has happened to my previous post. I hope I can remember what I said the first time and that this doesn't appear twice!

    I am not generally an admirer of these drama documentaries that radio 4 is trying out but I had high hopes for this one and I wasn't disappointed.

    Like many I was glued to the radio as these events happened and this brought it all back. With John Dryden and this cast it was in very safe hands.

    I don't feel that an eminent journalist taking us though sound clips would have worked as well. Every word had to count and for that it needed actors. There is an example near the end where I am fairly certain we heard the voice of the real Nick Clegg and it sounded pale after hearing him portrayed by Nicholas Boulton. Boulton had just managed to capture the moment when the confident, if slightly surprised, Clegg became hesitant because he knew he was overplaying his hand with Labour. The real Clegg came as a bit of a jolt after that.

    Gerard Kelly played a blustering Gordon Brown trying to force his way through and not catching the mood of events, John Sessions played a bruising Ed Balls while Henry Goodman's Peter Mandelson was the one who saw the bigger picture and guided Brown towards a dignified exit.

    Sam West's David Cameron was spot as was Philip Jackson's William Hague in the only real impersonation (which worked well).

    A compelling piece of radio drama.

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  • Message 13

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    Posted by William Stevenson (U14099826) on Sunday, 7th November 2010

    "A compelling piece of radio drama."

    Fair enough- as long as you don't believe that's how it really was. To find that out, we'd have to see the recorded testimony of the named politicians involved, so that we can judge how and why they're lying.

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  • Message 14

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    Posted by William Stevenson (U14099826) on Sunday, 7th November 2010

    "Gerard Kelly, who died tragically last week at the age of 51 years."

    Looks pretty wizened for 51, and a Scot. Must be a smoker.

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    Posted by cats22 (U14578443) on Sunday, 7th November 2010

    Well I did describe it as drama.

    I don't think I said anywhere that I thought it was a true record of events and, although it was said to be based on interviews etc, I never expected it to be anything other than a dramatised representation.

    I am not sure that I would expect a true and compete record of what actually happened ever to emerge. As things come out won't they be mediated by the participants' experiences since and won't they all have their own personal take in any event on what they think was happening? There will be no one true record, all the different thread will need to be drawn together. And wasn't there a scene in which the only people who might have taken an impartial record for posterity, the civil servants, were excluded so everyone could talk freely?

    I still think this was a bold way of capturing the excitement of what happened in that week. I didn't claim it was a true record of what happened and agree it could be some time before we get that, if ever.

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  • Message 16

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    Posted by Forget It (U2079353) on Monday, 8th November 2010

    Well produced good acting - yet essential shallow:-

    it's too early to write this as history - any negative aspects that the politicians are hiding will stay hidden at 6 months from the events
    - juicy aspects only tend to emerge when they can't damage the current status quo.

    So if this wasn't serious history what was it?

    Entertainment? Fiction? Spin?

    Gordon Brown came off too lightly IMO.

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    Posted by mister fourtune (U1158631) on Monday, 8th November 2010

    'Entertainment? Fiction? Spin?

    I was wondering the same for J.Myersons no !0 drama that is running on mondays.
    Coalition government, and other such topical subjects all bundled together into a radio documentary format with a continuity lady to hold it all together.

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  • Message 18

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    Posted by Steve Bowbrick (U209627) on Monday, 8th November 2010

    In case you haven't seen it, writer Matthew Solon has written a very interesting post about the play for the Radio 4 blog, in which he talks about his 'four filters': 'essentials', 'essential inessentials', 'issues' and 'people'. www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/...

    Steve Bowbrick, editor, Radio 4 blog

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    Posted by Richard (U13065358) on Tuesday, 9th November 2010

    A great drama - well written and well acted, thanks for this.

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