G.B.H. 1 Season 1991

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Season 1
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As the city erupts into flames, Jim confronts Michael, Michael faces those who plotted his downfall, and Barbara sees the light. When an old conspiracy is revealed, everything Michael ever believed is turned upside down, and the Nelsons look to the future.

Runtime:
1 hour 17 minutes
Original air date:
July 19, 1991

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Season 1
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    1. It Couldn't Happen Here One of Michael Murray's first acts as newly elected council leader is to terrorize his former teacher, Mr. Weller. Then he stages a "Day of Action" against the Conservative government but clashes with Jim Nelson, the headmaster of a school for children with special needs.

    TV-NR 1h 24min June 7, 1991
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    2. Only Here on a Message When Jim becomes a local hero in a tragic accident, Michael has his thugs back off. He's appalled when his political "friends," Lou and Peter, next suggest provoking racial violence in the city, but two words--Eileen Critchley--bring him around. Michael also falls for a mysterious stranger, while Jim develops a fear of bridges.

    TV-NR 1h 20min June 14, 1991
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    3. Send a Message to Michael Jim plans a summer holiday that avoids bridges. Meanwhile, the beautiful Barbara Douglas seems more interested in Michael's past than in his advances, even visiting his mother. To make matters worse, Jim and Michael have a violent confrontation.

    TV-NR 1h 32min June 21, 1991
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    4. Message Sent Thanks to Mr. Weller, Jim finally has something he can use against Michael: his enemy's old school records. But Barbara would like to get her hands on them as well. Tormented by messages purportedly from Eileen Critchley, Michael is a nervous wreck. Barbara offers to calm him down--in her hotel room.

    TV-NR 1h 22min June 28, 1991
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    5. Message Received Feeling like a new man after his night with Barbara, Michael attempts to regain control of his city and put a stop to the incipient racial violence. Believing they have eluded their tormenters, Jim and his family arrive in North Wales. And Lou and Peter reveal their mission to a reporter.

    TV-NR 1h 21min July 5, 1991
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    6. Message Understood When the plotters raid the Nelsons' holiday home and steal Michael's school records, both men start to realize that they are pawns in someone else's game. Even scheming Barbara begins to sympathize with Michael and wonders who her real friends are.

    TV-NR 1h 14min July 12, 1991
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    7. Over and Out As the city erupts into flames, Jim confronts Michael, Michael faces those who plotted his downfall, and Barbara sees the light. When an old conspiracy is revealed, everything Michael ever believed is turned upside down, and the Nelsons look to the future.

    TV-NR 1h 17min July 19, 1991

Product Details

Genres Drama
Director Robert Young
Supporting actors Robert Lindsay, Alan Igbon, Dearbhla Molloy, Michael Palin, Anna Friel, Edward Mallon, Hayley Fairclough, Chris Darwin, Ken Kitson, Daniel Massey, Michael Angelis, Michael Fernandez, Jimmy Mulville, Debra Gillett, Rachel Laurence, Chris Hargreaves, Paul Oldham, Gary Mavers
Season year 1991
Network Acorn Media
Executive Producer Alan Bleasdale
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Harold Wolf TOP 50 REVIEWER on January 15, 2010
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I was drawn into this story and could not pause between episodes, which may make me as loony as the crazies depicted in this series. GBH is the story of urban England political confrontation, how it draws and drains the sane and bewildered. A dialogue line sums it up best: "All of us are capable of being crazy at one time or other." A GBH understatement.

Michael Murray (Robert Lindsay) is a newly successful Labour Party council leader with a mysterious past that haunts him. He lords his power over particular people of his childhood. Mr. Weller, childhood headmaster, is targeted. Murray used psychological means of attack, & thugs when needed. A city-wide strike, Murray led, has one flaw, Jim Nelson (Michael Palin-"Monty Python"), headmaster to a school for special-needs kids. Pickets were not placed at that school through an error. Murray takes it personally and adds Nelson to his "get-him" list. Nelson doesn't need this, since he's already dealing with hypochondria and a host of neurotic phobias.

There is some past dastardly deed, unknown in the beginning to viewers, that causes Murray much strife and sets up a psychological plot that actually has viewers shaking their head in disgust one moment, laughing another, and cheering for the weird-o's in other places. Got to give the writer credit there.

Beautiful Lindsay Duncan ("The Rector's Wife") cast as Barbara Douglas (an alias), comes to the rescue, or on attack, well, both. Who is she anyway, and what mind-churning event created her drive? Murray's mom (Julie Walters-"Mamma Mia!" & "Calendar Girls") also gets into the sometimes weird/sometimes funny acting. There are thugs, agents, reporters, police, politicians galore and all seem to have just skipped out on their daily "group therapy" session.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Benson on March 21, 2010
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A slow start at first, with a real opportunity to take potshots at Robert Lindsay's occasional sinking into stereotype. Actually turns into a moving study of what happened to Labour just prior to the Blair ministry, as well as a well-handled, often comedic, more often tragic, study of the sinking of the lead corrupted Labour figure.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Frank R. Southerington on January 13, 2012
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I haven't even begun to come to terms with this movie, nor am I quite sure that I understand what happens in it. New characters keep appearing, and it's sometimes hard to tell whether they are sympathetic or not, or to be sure of their relationships with the other characters. Mysteries from the past are important but obscure. All very confusing. Yet the acting is so compelling, from the entire cast, the passion of the movie so strong, that in our home we sat mesmerized throughout. It's a very bleak, disturbing, and comic portrait of Britain and British politics, in the final quarter of the 20th century, but not so different from that portrayed more gently in Judge Deed or Kavanaugh Q C, a political system corrupted by those close to the very top, Thatcherism in its worst form. (Much more lightly, the same theme is treated comically in Brassed Off, which closes with a moving attack on harsh, utilitarian, greedy government). GBH goes deeper and is tougher, in several senses, than those other movies, and is correspondingly more disturbing. It makes me want to look more closely at the recent politics of Britain. And it makes me want to watch the whole thing again. My four stars may be an under-estimate, refecting only my unanswered questions. It's a fine movie.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Will E on October 22, 2010
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Excellent performances from all the cast, especially Robert Lindsay and a surprising Michael Palin, from a golden age of British television.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Richard Condon on June 24, 2010
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GBH is a facinating story of two rather damaged men locked in a political struggle that is larger than both of them. There are no special effects and no slick cimematography - just a good story told well. If you an Anglophile or have an interest in British politics of the late 1980's, this is a miniseries that you should own.
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