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The Monocled Mutineer : The Complete BBC Series (2 Disc Set) [DVD] [1986]

Paul McGann , Cherie Lunghi , Jim O'Brien , Alan Bleasdale    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Paul McGann, Cherie Lunghi, Jerome Flynn, Timothy West, Philip McGough
  • Directors: Jim O'Brien, Alan Bleasdale
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: 2 Entertain Video
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Aug 2007
  • Run Time: 320 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000R20XVC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,175 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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The Monocled Mutineer TV series follows the rebellion that took place at the notorious Etaples Training Camp in northern France on the eve of "The Battle of Passchendaele" in 1917. After the mutiny, the dashing Percy Toplis (Paul McGann) takes flight, dressed as a British officer, soon to embark on a love affair with beautiful young widow, Dorothy, (Cherie Lunghie).

A solder in the First World War, the real Percy Toplis was a rake, rogue and master of disguise who became the most wanted man in Britain. This controversial, acclaimed 1986 four-part BBC dramatisation of high romance, hilarious impudence and savage retribution was adapted by Alan Bleasdale from the book by William Allison and John Fairley.

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United Kingdom released, PAL/Region 2.4 DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Mono ), English ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: 2-DVD Set, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, SYNOPSIS: The Monocled Mutineer tells the story of a World War One mutiny which took place at the harsh British training Camp Etaples, France in 1917 on the eve of the Passchendaele battle. Set in the trenches, it follows the life of the leader of the main British Mutiny, Percy Toplis. Toplis was a rake, rogue and master of disguise who became the most wanted man in Britain. This is a story of high romance, hilarious impudence and savage retribution. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: BAFTA Awards, ...The Monocled Mutineer 2-DVD Set

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100 of 101 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Top Notch Great War Drama 28 Aug 2007
I remember watching this on television when it was first screened by the BBC back in 1986, and was mightily impressed. Twenty one years later, the 'Monocled Mutineer' has lost none of its impact.
Loosely based upon the real life story of a Nottinghamshire ne'er-do-well who finds himself drawn inexorably into the carnage of the First World War, the 'Monocled Mutineer' offers a highly original take upon what might seem like a familiar period of history. Scripted by the controversial Alan Bleasdale, it manages to be funny, moving and sometimes shocking, all the while maintaining a strong and engaging story line. A key episode involves the so-called 'Etaples Mutiny' of 1917, when British soldiers ran amok in protest at the brutalities of the nearby 'Bull Ring' training camp. The film's depiction of these events caused a stir in 1986, with Tory MPs outraged at what they considered to be a slur upon the record of the British soldiers who fought and died in Flanders. Yet such reactions were wide of the mark, as the 'Monocled Mutineer' takes a balanced view of the episode, and makes it clear that the limited outbreak of disorder was sparked by the systematic bullying of veterans who had already been pushed to the limit. The film deals frankly with the horrors of trench warfare, and also the comradeship and black humour that enabled soldiers to endure them.
The script is excellent, with convincing dialogue contributing to a strong sense of the period. The young Paul McGann was perfectly cast in the central role of Percy Topliss, the working class lad and humble Tommy who periodically adopts the persona of a dashing, monocle-wearing officer, and casually assumes a leading role in the 'Etaples Mutiny'.
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51 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining 26 Sep 2007
I have just finished watching this now, over three evenings and enjoyed it as much as I did so many years go. I think this is the best thing Paul McGann has done except for 'Withnail and I'. Philip McGough who plays the secret service officer determined to track Percy Topis down, is also very good in a quiet, understated way.

It is all very well acted and there is a fair amount of humour. Toplis comes across as a bit of a rogue, reluctant to be a hero.

It is now debated whether Toplis was at Etaples. Paul McGann is quoted as saying "I don't think he was at Etaples. The units that he served in and was attached to simply weren't around. At the same time, given the fact that he came and went, that he was a bit of a loner, and moved between people and places, it is not inconceivable that he was there". Apparently we may know the truth in 2017 when the files are opened.

A number of the scenes, especially towards the end do faithfully match what is known about him.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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Like other reviewers I was glad this came out on DVD (I also have the video tape version). One reviewer sated that it was not like the book, which is partially true. However, it does reflect the times and the circumstances of that rebellion at Entaples (which is still shrouded in mystery). The programme itself is brilliantly acted and the story entertaining and credible. I think it captures the period during and just after the First World War. Alan Bleasdale has done a good job of dramatising this. I certainly did not find it boring as one reviewer did. True, it does not have constant action and violence but the story is told well and not only entertaining but edifying as well. It certainly does not rely on special sound effects or slick and 'clever' camera tricks that mar so much of contemporary television.
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15 of 16 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why did we have to wait Twenty Years ? 12 Oct 2007
Why did we have to wait Twenty Years ?

The first episode was transmitted on the 31 st of August 1986 by the BBC and was split into four episodes and if you have never seen it then you are in for a Huge treat.

Yes I appreciate that although it was claimed at the time to be ' 100 % accurate ' that it may or may not be as accurate as Claimed.

The political crisis that was caused by the BBC's broadcast of Alan Bleasdale's adaptation, "The Monocled Mutineer" was fuelled by the British press and its denouncement of the factuality of the series, retired staff of the British High Command sent letters to newspapers angrily refuting that there had ever been a mutiny by the British army in 1917.

The true account of Percy Toplis' involvement in the very real mutiny by the conscripted soldiers in the training camp (known as The Bull Ring) at Etaples will perhaps be made a little clearer in 2017 when the official military files concerned will be released into public domain.

Even when the official papers are released in ten years time will we be any the wiser as there is bound to be a bit of spin put on it .

Really I doubt if we will ever know the full truth but one thing is for ' certain ' its taken over twenty years to reach DVD and with out a doubt it has to be Paul McGann's best work.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a rare insight into war 29 Mar 2011
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WWI is an historical event less talked about than WWII. We are sick of hearing and watching any show about genocide, holocaust and Hitler, but how often do we see anything about the gruesome details on the life of soldiers in the WWI? That's what made this series so valuable. The scene that made the most impact on me is in one of the earlier episodes where a young officer was court-martialled for desertion. The heart-rending monologue by the 20 year old young officer was a rare revelation into the reality of war - a waste of human life it was. The execution of this young officer was a pivotal moment for the hero - Sergeant Topliss, who has since turned into a complete cynic, a rebel without cause. Although Topliss did exist in British military history, one should remember this is a work of art, not a documentary, so there is no need to nit-picking on the historical accuracy of the story.
The series is well made and well acted, although it was a bit slow to start with. I would say it's a tragedy in the guise of a comedy.
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Published 5 days ago by kamal gupta
5.0 out of 5 stars Like the curate's egg.
We are just watching this now. A bit noisy, a little hard to follow especially as it is filmed in the BBC's best 'dull' so that at times I have difficulty identifying characters. Read more
Published 2 months ago by librarian forever
5.0 out of 5 stars Good Drama,Well Acted
While not totally Historically accurate as I have read,
it does give glimpse into just how bad things were during those moments in History. Read more
Published 2 months ago by RomanyStew
5.0 out of 5 stars The Monocled Mutineer.
This film I remember was shown some years ago on the bbc, it's A great film and really worth buying.
Published 2 months ago by BSA
5.0 out of 5 stars The Monocled Mutineer
Well packaged,delivered quick.
It was very good.Paul McGann is very young in it
well I suppose he would be in 1986! indeed we all were! Read more
Published 3 months ago by Mrs. S. E. Hughes
5.0 out of 5 stars The Monocled Mutineer.
I watched the original and watching it again still conveys a powerful message. I would recommend it to Mr Gove (Education Secretary) to watch. Read more
Published 3 months ago by GL PECKET G L Pecket
5.0 out of 5 stars Still Good
This is an excellent series, still as watchable as it was in the 80s. Well worth a second visit! Thankyou
Published 3 months ago by Fuse
5.0 out of 5 stars Great entertainment
I loved this when I first saw it on TV and rewatching on DVD has given me great pleasure. Paul McGann was brilliantly cast in this.
Published 4 months ago by B. L. Rudd
5.0 out of 5 stars Monocled Mutineer
I had looked everywhere for this DVD and could not find it,when I did I was amazed at the low cost and the speed of which it was delivered .Would deal with again anytime .
Published 4 months ago by Barrie Sanders
4.0 out of 5 stars 1980's
My husband had seen this on the television when it was first shown. Arrived quickly and wel packaged. Not yet watched so not to sure.
Published 4 months ago by A Coyne
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