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Michael Murray is an ambitious and charismatic politician, Jim Nelson is a much loved headmaster of a local school for disturbed children. When the paths of these two men cross, things are ... See full summary »
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Series cast summary:
Robert Lindsay ...  Michael Murray 7 episodes, 1991
Michael Palin ...  Jim Nelson 7 episodes, 1991
Dearbhla Molloy ...  Laura Nelson 7 episodes, 1991
Alan Igbon ...  Teddy 7 episodes, 1991
Andrew Schofield ...  Peter 7 episodes, 1991
Philip Whitchurch ...  Franky Murray 7 episodes, 1991
Julie Walters ...  Mrs. Murray 7 episodes, 1991
Paul Oldham Paul Oldham ...  Joey Thug 7 episodes, 1991
Tom Georgeson Tom Georgeson ...  Lou Barnes 7 episodes, 1991
Chris Hargreaves Chris Hargreaves ...  Scrawny Thug 7 episodes, 1991
Gary Mavers ...  Billy Thug 7 episodes, 1991
Wayne Foskett ...  Macker Thug 7 episodes, 1991
Karl Barry Karl Barry ...  Fifth Thug 7 episodes, 1991
Paul Daneman Paul Daneman ...  Mervyn Sloan 7 episodes, 1991
Peter-Hugo Daly Peter-Hugo Daly ...  Bubbles 7 episodes, 1991
Jane Danson ...  Eileen Critchley 7 episodes, 1991
Lindsay Duncan ...  Barbara Douglas 6 episodes, 1991
Edward Mallon Edward Mallon ...  Mark Nelson 6 episodes, 1991
Hayley Fairclough Hayley Fairclough ...  Jessica Nelson 6 episodes, 1991
Michael Angelis ...  Martin Niarchos 6 episodes, 1991
Anna Friel ...  Susan Nelson 6 episodes, 1991
David Ross David Ross ...  Mr Weller 6 episodes, 1991
Jimmy Mulville ...  Researcher 6 episodes, 1991
Stephen Hall Stephen Hall ...  Young Michael Murray 6 episodes, 1991
Bill Stewart ...  Geoff 5 episodes, 1991
Gareth Tudor Price Gareth Tudor Price ...  Richard Grenville 5 episodes, 1991
Michelle Atkinson Michelle Atkinson ...  Young Barbara 5 episodes, 1991
John Henshaw ...  Minder 1 4 episodes, 1991
Al Brierley Al Brierley ...  Minder 2 4 episodes, 1991
Sean Naughton Sean Naughton ...  Minder 3 4 episodes, 1991
Paul Butterworth ...  Terry - Director of Education 4 episodes, 1991
Ayesa Toure Ayesa Toure ...  Monica 4 episodes, 1991
Julia St John Julia St John ...  Diane Niarchos 4 episodes, 1991
Colin Douglas Colin Douglas ...  Frank Twist 4 episodes, 1991
Clifford Rose ...  Judge Critchley 4 episodes, 1991
Ian Hartley Ian Hartley ...  Joel 4 episodes, 1991
Christopher Halliday Christopher Halliday ...  McKenzie 4 episodes, 1991
Daniel Massey ...  Grosvenor 3 episodes, 1991
Judith Barker Judith Barker ...  Margie 3 episodes, 1991
Kelvin Jordon Kelvin Jordon ...  Tommy 3 episodes, 1991
Paula Bartlett Paula Bartlett ...  Rachel 3 episodes, 1991
Michael Fernandez Michael Fernandez ...  Jake 3 episodes, 1991
Debra Gillett Debra Gillett ...  Sylvia 3 episodes, 1991
John Shrapnel ...  Dr Jacobs 3 episodes, 1991
Norman Mills Norman Mills ...  Red Neck Councillor 3 episodes, 1991
Peter Armitage ...  Mr Burns 3 episodes, 1991
Arthur Spreckley Arthur Spreckley ...  Grandfather Burns 3 episodes, 1991
Jean Anderson ...  Dr. Goldup 3 episodes, 1991
Rachel Laurence Rachel Laurence ...  Hotel Receptionist 3 episodes, 1991
Jake Abraham Jake Abraham ...  Black Waiter 3 episodes, 1991
William Franklyn William Franklyn ...  Distinguished Gent 3 episodes, 1991
Noreen Kershaw Noreen Kershaw ...  Maureen Murray 3 episodes, 1991
Jim Pope Jim Pope ...  Presenter 3 episodes, 1991
Daniel Street-Brown Daniel Street-Brown ...  Robby Burns 2 episodes, 1991
Serena Harragin Serena Harragin ...  Miss Hutchinson 2 episodes, 1991
Chris Darwin Chris Darwin ...  Barry 2 episodes, 1991
Ken Kitson ...  Vince 2 episodes, 1991
James Tomlinson James Tomlinson ...  Stan 2 episodes, 1991
Amanda Mealing ...  Beth 2 episodes, 1991
Dee Orr Dee Orr ...  Schoolmistress 2 episodes, 1991
Cliff Howells Cliff Howells ...  Cartwright / ... 2 episodes, 1991
Anthony Benson Anthony Benson ...  Norman - Treasurer 2 episodes, 1991
Phil Rowlands Phil Rowlands ...  Bluff Policeman 2 episodes, 1991
Kulvinder Ghir ...  Ravi 2 episodes, 1991
Ray Emmet Brown ...  West Indian 2 episodes, 1991
David Scase David Scase ...  Caretaker 2 2 episodes, 1991
Edward Clayton Edward Clayton ...  Chief Constable 2 episodes, 1991
Peter Faulkner Peter Faulkner ...  Radio Journalist 2 episodes, 1991
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Michael Murray is an ambitious and charismatic politician, Jim Nelson is a much loved headmaster of a local school for disturbed children. When the paths of these two men cross, things are destined never to be the same again. Written by Anonymous

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A savage indictment of power.

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UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 June 1991 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Alan Bleasdale's G.B.H. See more »

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(7 parts)

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Stereo

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Color
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Julie Walters plays Mrs. Lillian Murray, the mother of Michael Murray (Robert Lindsay). In real life Walters is a few months younger than Lindsay. See more »

Quotes

Michael Murray: I've got a hard on - and there's nobody here!
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Alternate Versions

The series was originally broadcast in seven episodes of approximately 90 minutes each; however, for some repeat screenings, the series has been recut into 10 hour-long episodes. See more »

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Superb quality TV drama
6 January 2004 | by LupercaliSee all my reviews

GBH is a remarkable miniseries: superbly written, directed and acted. The characterisations are especially outstanding, with some of the most genuinely nasty bad guys I've ever seen; though many of the main characters are multi-faceted, and evolve before your eyes as the series unfolds.

In part it's a story about how The Left can be manipulated by the Far Right; in other ways it is a character study, particularly of Palin's character - even if occasionally the comedy sits just a little uneasily with the drama. Given the series' intensity though, it's faintly amazing that they were able to get with some scenes at all.

I do have a few criticisms of GBH. At times it can be painfully slow, with some scenes which are stretched out for minutes, to no real purpose. Also, the eccentric, obnoxious hotel owner is obviously inspired by Basil Fawlty, and his antics get just a little distracting.

I would give GBH about 8.5, but to quote a record review I remember reading (actually it was of an Elvis Costello album, and Costello provides background music to the series), "by the standards of mortal craftsmanship, this is a wondrous thing indeed."


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