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on 13 August 2010
I had given up that this amazing and unique series, would EVER be released on DVD. I remember watching when it was originally shown on Channel 4 in the early 90s; it was so different and I was immediately hooked. I had some episodes on VHS, but they died many years ago, so I am delighted to see a DVD release on the way, so I can enjoy it all over again.
The series is set in the mid-1950s during the Suez crisis. The story revolves around Mick Hopper (played by Ewan McGregor in his first major role), a young man who is doing his national service in a Whitehall military office. Hopper has a habit of day dreaming when he's supposed to be translating Russian military documents and as his mind drifts off, he amuses himself by imagining his colleagues breaking into song in surreal fantasy sequences, lip synching along to popular songs of the time. These segments work really well and are great fun to watch. There are many fantastic characters of note, great music, great costumes and atmospheric sets. The cast is faultless. Apart from McGregor, Giles Thomas, Louise Germaine and Douglas Henshall as the main characters, look out for memorable performances from the likes of Roy Hudd, Maggie Steed and Bernard Hill.
The series was written by the great Dennis Potter and was his last production before he died in 1994. Potter himself did national service during the 1950s.