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This review is from: The Monocled Mutineer : The Complete BBC Series (2 Disc Set) [DVD]  (DVD)
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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Initial post: 23 Oct 2009 19:37:17 BDT
The Old Git says:
Toplis WAS in the RAMC and as served in Malta.His Medal Index Card states that he was shot by the police during the execution of their duty.
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