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England Expects
Steven Mackintosh stars in England Expects

England Expects



Steven Mackintosh stars in England Expects

Steven Mackintosh stars in a hard-hitting drama for BBC ONE about a man whose life spirals out of control, drawing him back to his far right past.

Writer Frank Deasy says: "This is the story of one man's disintegration but it is also about the way the demonisation of Islam in the UK is feeding a far right in Britain that is as racist and violent as it ever was."

Mackintosh plays Ray, a responsible family man, fiercely protective of his daughter Nikki who lives with his estranged wife.

Ray is a control freak whose life begins to fall apart when he develops a sexual obsession with Alison, one of the traders in the Canary Wharf investment bank where he works as a security guard.

At the same time, he discovers that his beloved Nikki has been sucked into the world of heroin abuse prevalent on the estate where she lives.

As his rigid existence disintegrates, Ray finds himself drawn back to people from his far right past, a move which can only lead to disaster.

England Expects also stars Keith Barron, Preeya Kalidas, Nitin Ganatra, Susan Vidler and Camille Corduri.

England Expects Nitin Ganatra as Anwar


England Expects is written by Frank Deasy (Real Men, Captives, Looking After Jo Jo), directed by Tony Smith (Tutti Fruitti, Virtuoso, Oi for England) and produced by award-winning film maker Ruth Caleb.

Nick Ryan, who spent six years researching amongst groups on the far right for his book Homeland: Into a World of Hate, acted as consultant and creative producer.

The soundtrack is by Nitin Sawhney.

Steven Mackintosh most recently appeared in the film The Mother and as George Boleyn in BBC TWO's The Other Boleyn Girl.

He won an RTS award for his leading role as Davey Younger in BBC ONE's Care, a major award-winning film directed by Antonia Bird about one man's attempts to come to terms with the abuse he experienced in a children's home.

Caleb says: "This is a portrait of a man on the verge of a breakdown. As his previously well-ordered life slips away from him he loses control and his judgement deserts him, making him vulnerable to exploitation by old acquaintances.

"It shows how the pressures of modern day living can lead us to places where we don't want to go."

Jane Tranter, Controller Drama Commissioning, says: "It's fitting that Ruth Caleb received the Alan Clarke Award for Creative Contribution to Television at the Baftas three years ago.

"England Expects is part of a film making tradition which goes back to Alan Clarke's best known films, The Firm and Made in Britain, which anatomised racism and violence in Britain during the 1980s.

"Like them, England Expects boasts an extraordinarily powerful and chilling central performance. Steven Mackintosh's Ray combines rigid self-control with a lethal, barely suppressed anger. He is a man strung out to breaking point.

"England Expects - and the forthcoming film May 33rd - are challenging dramas which attempt to engage a mainstream audience in controversial political and social issues in contemporary Britain today.

"They follow Out of Control and Care - both of which were produced by Ruth Caleb - and, most recently, Holy Cross."

Caleb's recent credits include Tomorrow La Scala! which debuted at the Cannes Film Festival and was shown on BBC TWO last autumn; Dominic Savage's Out of Control, which won the Michael Powell Award for Best British Film at the Edinburgh International Film Festival; and the critically-acclaimed Rehab, The Other Boleyn Girl, Nice Girl and When I Was 12.

Her other recent credits include Care, which won the Prix Italia for Best Drama (singles) as well as the Bafta Award for Best Single Drama in 2001.

At the same awards, Caleb received the prestigious Alan Clarke Award for Creative Contribution to Television.

England Expects is a BBC Scotland production for BBC ONE. The executive producers are Barbara McKissack, Laura Mackie and Frank Deasy.


England Expects is on BBC ONE on Monday 5 April 2004 at 9.00pm, concluding at 10.35pm.

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