1 9 7 6 (UK)
11 x 50 minute episodes
A by-election in the solidly working-class constituency of Leighley sees left-of-centre Labor candidate Bill Brand (Jack Shepherd), a former lecturer, elected to Parliament by a slim majority.
Driven by a determination to improve the lives of his textile-worker constituents, he finds his ideas of representation are provocatively different from those of the whips, and in a world of oblique negotiations and hidden bargains – the uncomfortable realities of a minority government – Brand’s fundamental belief in the Party is assailed by doubts, while his troubled personal life further endangers his tenuous political career.
This groundbreaking and unashamedly intelligent drama series looked at the behind-the-scenes deception and power struggle of government proceedings.
Off-beat and non-commercial, this was hard-hitting, gripping drama which had viewers glued to their sets through sheer fascination if nothing else.
The series was well acted, well scripted and deserved far more promotion. Class British television at its best.
Miriam ‘Mim’ Brand