Comedy series about a deposed African military dictator living in London.


Tunde Babalola




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Series cast summary:
Patrice Naiambana Patrice Naiambana ...  General Mukate 7 episodes, 1998
Fraser James ...  Solomon 7 episodes, 1998
Emily Joyce ...  Ellen 7 episodes, 1998
Owen Brenman ...  Bishop 6 episodes, 1998


When General Mukate was ousted from power in a fictional African country, he is rescued by his loyal bodyguard Solomon, and is granted asylum in the UK. He hires an experienced Personal Assistant, Ellen, and proceeds to make life a living hell for his Home Office liaison, Bishop. The show revolves around Mukate's inability to come to terms with not being a head of state any more, Solomon's wish to be a professional dancer and Bishop's attempts to keep the fact that Mukate is in the UK a secret. Episode dealt with such varied topics as Mukate's attempt to make some money by becoming a professional public speaker, Ellen's Ex wanting her back, the truth about Solomon's father (not what your thinking) and an attempt by Mukate's replacement to have him kidnapped and taken home for trial. Written by Sinister Dexter

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14 January 1998 (UK) See more »

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Nice idea, weakly done
15 September 2006 | by glamfan-1See all my reviews

Not a particularly good series, but occasionally you can see a better one trying to get out.

The main problem is that the makers can't quite decide whether the central character of the exiled dictator is supposed to be sympathetic or not, or alternatively an out-and-out monster who's getting away with it. So he behaves awfully, but not murderously, to his aides, and they seem inexplicably devoted to him despite this.

Still, a great title sequence (poster images of the dictator as he rises to power and then gets overthrown), and a potentially good performance from the lead (there's the makings of a Basil Fawlty/David Brent style comic monster in there, but it doesn't quite come out). Oh, and poor Emily Joyce does a great job of playing someone who seems to belong in a better series - see My Hero for a later example of this from her...

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