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Abide with Me 

With Karine gone for two months, Mike's world has fallen apart and with one game to go Wirral look set to go down after a dismal run after Tonka's injury. Mike then finds out that his ... See full summary »

Director:

Martin Dennis

Writers:

Johnny Smith (as John R. Smith), Rob Sprackling

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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ricky Tomlinson ... Mike Bassett
Amanda Redman ... Karine Bassett
Steve Edge ... Doddsy
Dan Renton Skinner Dan Renton Skinner ... Tonka (as Renton Skinner)
Michael Fenton Stevens Michael Fenton Stevens ... Richard Johnson
Tim Barlow Tim Barlow ... Sir Denzil
Neil Maskell ... Wirral Web Presenter
David Gyasi ... Jeremy Hands
Adam Tedder Adam Tedder ... Laszlo Vig
Kobna Holdbrook-Smith ... Carlton Dawes
Gareth Mason ... Gavin James
Stephen Aintree ... Local Press
Steven Elliott Steven Elliott ... National Press 1
Nicholas Tizzard Nicholas Tizzard ... National Press 2
Jeff Stelling Jeff Stelling ... Sky Sports Presenter
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Storyline

With Karine gone for two months, Mike's world has fallen apart and with one game to go Wirral look set to go down after a dismal run after Tonka's injury. Mike then finds out that his father took a bribe in the FA Cup final of 1956 for money to help fix Mike's legs as a boy and allow him to play football. With this to spur him on he gets back with Karine and heads to the Wirral County ground. After a passionate speech to players, fans and reporters it's up to Wirral to get a better result than Mansfield Town (barring a ridiculously improbable defeat for York City) or face relegation and even with Tonka playing despite his injuries they stay up. Wirral's last game is an intimidating match versus local rivals Chester City, who need a win in order to secure a play-off spot. In the end, Chester beat Wirral by 2-0 but fortunately Mansfield got beaten 6-1, allowing Wirral to survive on goal difference. After this Mike leaves the club in Doddsy's hands and sets off to Spain with Karine, ...

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Genres:

Comedy | Drama | Sport

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Release Date:

3 November 2005 (UK) See more »

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Goofs

Mike says that the region gave the world two Doctor Who's - Tom Baker and Colin Baker. In fact, the two Doctors from the region were Tom Baker and Paul McGann. See more »

Quotes

Local Press: Mike, your team's in disarray, your star player's injured and you've got to win your next game to stay up. It's a desperate situation isn't it?
Mike Bassett: No, no, no, not at all. We also stay up if we draw and Mansfield lose or even if we both lose but they concede three more goals than us. Or if York City get beat by ten goals and the Scunthorpe game is abandoned so no, it's nicely poised.
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Soundtracks

Gravity
Written by Chris Martin, Guy Berryman, Jon Buckland and Will Champion
(collectively as Coldplay)
Performed by Coldplay
Theme Song
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