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The Falklands Play (2002)

Not Rated | | Drama, War | TV Movie 10 April 2002
On April 2, 1982, Britain went to war to regain the Falkland Islands. This movie is a gripping account of how Prime Minister Rt Hon Margaret Thatcher MP's government handled the biggest ... See full summary »

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Michael Samuels

Writer:

Ian Curteis
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Patricia Hodge ... Rt Hon Margaret Thatcher MP (Prime Minister)
James Fox ... Rt Hon Peter, 6th Baron Carrington KCMG MC (Foreign Secretary)
John Standing ... Rt Hon William Whitelaw CH MC MP (Home Secretary)
Michael Cochrane ... Rt Hon Nicholas Ridley MP (Financial Secretary to the Treasury)
Jeremy Child ... Rt Hon Francis Pym MC MP (Lord President of the Council / Foreign Secretary)
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 Jeremy Clyde ... Sir Nicholas Henderson (HM Ambassador to the United States)
Colin Stinton ... Alexander Haig (US Secretary of State)
Shaughan Seymour Shaughan Seymour ... Adm. Sir Henry Leach (First Sea Lord)
Anthony Calf ... Robin Fearn (Head of Falkland Islands Department, Foreign Office)
Jasper Jacob Jasper Jacob ... John Wilkinson MP (Parliamentary Private Secretary to John Nott)
Richard Cordery ... Tom Enders (US Assistant Secretary of State for Inter-American Affairs)
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On April 2, 1982, Britain went to war to regain the Falkland Islands. This movie is a gripping account of how Prime Minister Rt Hon Margaret Thatcher MP's government handled the biggest crisis in British foreign affairs since the Suez Canal. It tells the story of how Argentina, an ally of the British, fought the Conservative government and invaded the Falklands. This play charts the backroom maneuverings between Thatcher's government and the military, between the British and the Americans, and the Americans and the Argentinians that led to a breakdown in diplomacy, to war, and to Britain's eventual victory. Written by Alistair Jackson <ajackson@msn.com>

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Drama | War

Certificate:

Not Rated
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Official Sites:

BBC Four

Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

10 April 2002 (UK) See more »

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Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Author Ian Curteis complained in the 1980s that the BBC had refused to turn his script into a television play because it was pro-Thatcher. His script was published at the time, but it wasn't until 2002 that it was, with some changes, filmed. See more »

Quotes

Alexander Haig: We are trying to de-escalise a war.
Margaret Thatcher: So am I. But you do not do it by appeasement. You increase its chances. You see this table? This was where Neville Chamberlain sat in 1938 when he spoke on the wireless about the Czechs as "far away people about whom we know nothing and with whom we have so little in common". Munich! Appeasement! A world war followed because of that irresponsible, woolly-minded, indecisive, slip-shod attitude and the deaths of 45 million people.
Tom Enders: The fact that we have to treat...
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A very good play that could be recommended to anyone interested in the era.
28 April 2002 | by jgb3See all my reviews

The Falklands Play has got to be one of the most controversial plays never produced of the 1980s.

Originally written by Ian Curteis shortly after the war ended but the BBC declined to produce it, officially because it wasn't good enough, but widely believed to be because it was too pro-Conservative just before a General Election in the UK. Watching it now it's even harder to believe that it wasn't good enough to make years ago.

Telling the story of the British politics immediately before and during the conflict Patricia Hodge is brilliant in her role as Mrs. Thatcher. So scarily like her that during the recreated news clips it's hard to remember which one is the actress. Although some of the other lead characters look and sound nothing like their alter-egos, they still manage to recreate the right atmosphere.

Deliberately supposed to show the conflict from `our side' I'm not sure if the emotional side of Margaret Thatcher isn't over played slightly.


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