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Monocled Mutineer, The

DAILY MAIL-BOTHERING armchair general-alarming Beeb-bashing yarn “based on true events” but spun into a rabblesome fantasy by ALAN BLEASDALE, much to the horror of apparently every soldier who ever served in the army ever, and to the discomfort of Michael Grade and Bill Cotton who’d spent ages saying it was fact when it wasn’t and consequently had to go on OPEN AIR every week to apologise to PATTY COLDWELL. PAUL MCGANN was Percy Toplis, archetypal reluctant tommy who decides to stir up a bit of World War One mutiny on the eve of the most important battle in the history of human conflict since the last one. TIMOTHY WEST, PENELOPE WILTON and CHERIE LUNGHI were in on it.



  1. Lee James Turnock

    May 4, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    “This breed of camel eats mud, shit and bricks and has a triangular arsehole…hence, the pyramids!” – the only line I can remember.

  2. ladyskyflake

    July 26, 2015 at 7:03 pm

    The scene I remember most vividly was when Paul McGann sat down at a piano and accompanied himself in a surprisingly poignant rendition of ‘Let the Great Big World Keep Turning’.

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