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Falklands Factor, The

By Don Shaw. The Play for Today slot had largely kept away from historical drama, but the reasons for this production going out under the banner usually associated with more contemporary fare are obvious. Donald Pleasance portrays eighteenth century man of letters Samuel Johnson, struggling with depression and the beginnings of mental breakdown as he works on a political pamphlet putting the case against Britain going to war with Spain after the 1770 invasion of the titular islands. Warren Clarke narrates, John Bird plays Lord North.

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