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Stand Up, Nigel Barton/Vote, Vote, Vote for Nigel Barton

Two outings in two weeks for Dennis Potter’s semi-autobiographical hero. Upwardly mobile Keith Barron goes to Oxford and is disowned by his humble mining home town, yet looked down upon by the university grandees. Charles Collingwood is briefly seen. In the ‘sequel’ (actually written and produced first), Barton stands as a Labour MP (as Potter once did), but is again caught in the middle of contradictions, this time political. Full of witty exchanges and memorable scenes, particularly, in Vote…, an embarrassing canvassing trip to an old peoples’ home and a showdown with the Tory candidate at the council dinner. Arnold Ridley also stars.

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  1. Victor

    June 2, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    I’ve only seen “Stand Up” but it’s brilliant stuff. Potter laying the class system bare and demonstrating novel ways of distancing the audience e.g. having adults playing school children. If this was made by an American Barron would end up in a high-powered job and buy his parents a condo. As it’s Potter, he simmers with shame and resentment instead. That’s a recommendation, by the way.

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