In a dystopian future, Britain is under the grip of the Home Office's Public Control Department (PCD), a tyrannically oppressive bureaucracy riding roughshod over the population's civil liberties.
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Cast

Series cast summary:
Edward Woodward ...  Jim Kyle 16 episodes, 1977-1978
Robert Lang ...  Herbert Skardon 16 episodes, 1977-1978
Tony Doyle ...  Dave Brett 15 episodes, 1977-1978
Paul Hardwick ...  Faceless 11 episodes, 1977-1978
Barbara Kellerman ...  Delly Lomas 8 episodes, 1977
Lisa Harrow ...  Lynn Blake 8 episodes, 1978
Yvonne Mitchell ...  Kate Smith 7 episodes, 1978
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Great Britain, 1990. The population is now governed by an increasingly corrupt bureaucracy headed by the Home Secretary and backed by the tyrannical Public Control Department (PCD), who have done away with the rights of the individual and maintain control through ID cards, rationing, censorship and electronic/audio/physical surveillance. Free speech is forbidden. The rule of law no longer protects the weak and defenseless. Emigration is impossible. But escape is not, thanks to rebels like Jim Kyle (Edward Woodward), a journalist and secret dissident who battles the forces of the Establishment, but constantly faces imprisonment or death (or worse) at the hands of the PCD and its ruthless controller Herbert Skardon. Written by van_whistler@hotmail.co.uk

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English

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18 September 1977 (UK) See more »

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(16 episodes)

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Mono

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Color

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1.33 : 1
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The series correctly predicted that British parliamentary debates would be televised and that black Britons would be elected as MPs by 1990. The first televised speech in the House of Commons was made by Ian Gow, the Conservative MP for Eastbourne, on November 21, 1989. Gow had previously been opposed to parliamentary proceedings being shown on television. Bernie Grant, Paul Boateng and Diane Abbott were all first elected as Labour MPs at the 1987 general election. See more »

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TERRIFYING THEN. HAPPENING NOW
18 July 2002 | by jerzedSee all my reviews

This series scared the crap out of me at the time and was the most real portrayal of what could happen here in Britain under a despotic government.

And guess what? It's happening, the bureaucracy, surveillance, scapegoatig class war, trila by jury being reduced, disclosure of "previous" which will pejudice juries and others. CCTV, smart cards without which you will become a "non-citizen", State accomodation for "public sector workers" (oppose the state and lose your home), intrusive bureaucrats and officials monitoring our offspring. Get the books and see what I mean.

Hopefully. the entire series will be released on video or DVD or perhaps repeated on terrestrial TV..

In 1990 there was a control freak Home Secretary obsessed with regulating everything and with Blunkett and what he is doing to our justice system will realise Wilfred Greatorex's nightmare.

If the centres for asylum seekers don't pan out they could become the New Labour ARCs (Adult Rehabilitation Centres)


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