Review 1990 with Edward Woodward

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  1. michaellevenson

    michaellevenson Member: Rank 4

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    This is a fascinating series set in a dystopian Britain. Very hard hitting as secret police and invasive big brother style take control of Britain.
    Woodward stars as a journalist , a thorn in the side of a very nasty regime. It's unsettling to see Britain portrayed in this show . Many ideas from The Prisoner, but instead of a contained village , this fascistic drama played out in Britain as a whole. The opening episode has Woodward's Kyle engaged in an illegal Emigration smuggling operation, a great introduction to a series worth giving a go.
     
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    Really enjoying this series as a first time viewer. Edward Woodward is in almost Callan mode, as a journalist Kyle up against a vicious ultra right wing government and their all encompassing Peoples Control Department. Just seen episode called " Health Farm" which in actuality is a rehabilitation and torture establishment. Kyle tries to rescue a union leader undergoing electro-convulsive treatment after shooting his mouth off about democracy and freedom.
     
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    This sounds absolutely brilliant.

    Is it all available on YouTube by any chance?
     
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    I've bought the DVDS for series 1 , eight episodes, hopefully the second series will come out , but yes it's on youtube. The first episode Creed of Slaves is in my OP.
     
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    Thanks for that.

    That takes care of this weekend for me. :emoji_relaxed:
     
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    Really want to see this, I'd read a brief piece on it about a year ago, and it was the first I'd ever heard of the show. I'll wait to invest in the discs til it's certain that the second series will be released but I'll be viewing it on Youtube. If it's even close to The Prisoner in brilliance it will have been well worth the time.

    An interesting side note is that the original UK version of House of Cards, in the third part of the trilogy (The Final Cut) also used the image of a near-future British dystopia run by secret police and a fascistic government. Possible to wonder if series writer Andrew Davies might have been influenced by this show, although of course the dystopian idea as applied specifically to Britain harks back at least to Orwell's 1984.
     
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    Have finished watching the first episode. I enjoyed it and look forward to more.

    I hope that the further along I get, the more involved I'll become in the world of 1990.
     
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    If it helps, according to Wikipedia, series two will be released May the first, 2017.
     
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    Can confirm May 1 release, seen it on Amazon for pre order, so quickly after series 1 is unusual. I recognise Clifton Jones in it , Kano from Space 1999.
     
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    I've just started watching episode one of season two. I really enjoyed season one - especially the last two episodes.

    It must be a good TV series, because I get so pissed off watching some of those bastards in a position of authority. There have been a few occasions when I've really wanted to do them some serious physical harm. That means I've bought into the concept of 1990 and have become emotionally involved.
     
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    Yes I agree ant-mac, particularly Barbara Kellerman's character Lomas what a b***h. Glad you're enjoying it . I also recommend Sandbaggers, which I've put on this 70's forum, especially if you're a Callan fan.
     
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    Once I've finished 1990, I'm moving onto THRILLER. I vaguely seem to remember it - or something very much like it - from the early 1980s. It wasn't unusual back then - and even now - for there to be a substantial delay between original broadcast in the country of production and broadcast out here in one of many foreign markets. Of course these days, the delay is often much, much shorter. Once I've caught up on what I can with THRILLER, then I'll move onto SANDBAGGERS.

    You should consider going into TV programming, mate. I know I'd enjoy it. :emoji_relaxed:
     
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    Thanks for the heads up, and keeping fingers crossed that Wiki is right on this one.
     
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    For anyone who enjoyed this may I draw attention to The Guardians. A thirteen part series from 1971 created by The Prisoner scriptwriter Vincent Tilsey, who wrote two episodes of that iconic series.
    The Guardians tells a similar story to 1990, a future fascistic government in England. This show goes into the political theory of the coup in great depth, the regular characters being , The Prime Minister, and his cronies who have been installed by a unseen General.
    The General recruited friends and business people to form a anti permissive party then rigged the election to gain power and install a puppet PM played by Cyril Luckham, aka The White Guardian, a decent enough chap but believed democracy is a form of collective suicide. He honestly thinks benign dictatorship is the way forward Also stalking the streets are The Guardians, or "G's" a military police marching under the flag of St George stylized in a swastika style..There's plenty of deeply disturbing interrogation methods of the G's seen in the series. A obsequious toady of a man called Norman or Mr Norman is a top civil servant acting as a go between giving The PM , Sir Timothy Hobson The General's views on the PM's performance with the inference that he can be replaced any time. Norman is played by Derek Smith, Largo from B7 episode Shadow and plays him in the same slimy way.
    Dr Benedict, is supposedly a tame psychiatrist for the Government interrogating patients and even sending them into the hands of the G's, but is playing a double game, and seems to have links with the mysteriously named Mr Quarmby , played by William Simons, Mandrel from The Sunmakers. Benedict and Quarmby are behind a resistance group going under the collective name Quarmby.
    Not only do we see clashes of liberal and extremist in The Government but also in Quarmby.
    In the episode " The Logical Approach" parts of which I found disgusting it is very hard to know who the good guys are.
    In order to speed up executions in jail and avoid riots as the condemned man is dragged to the gallows, the man in this case a nineteen year old youth indirectly responsible for a death at a bungled burglary, is allowed to think his appeal against the death sentence is going to succeed and is given a nice meal to celebrate, but drugs are put in the apple pie, and when he passes out , the prison doctor administers the fatal death sentence. Our beloved decent PM knows about it and approves,,as it's tidy!
    Now the so called heroes Quarmby lie to the boy's father, telling him that his son was conscious and screaming being dragged to the gallows.
    They con the father and set him up as a labourer at a rehabilitation center to be opened by the Home Secretary.
    The father is to present the politician with a lapel rose, but the stem is made of metal , sharpened, and instead of presenting it he stabs him through the side of the head , seconds later a Quarmby sniper shoots him in the head.
    Richard Hurndall, aka Dr Who 1 in five doctors appears as a newspaper publsher and gay, and reluctantly has to oppose his friend the PM who wants public nudity, theatrical filth and permissiveness outlawed.
    The series is on DVD. Also Wilfred Joseph composer of The Prisoner theme also did this theme, and there is a similarity in style.
     
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    I finally finished viewing 1990. It was very enjoyable.

    However, I found it slightly odd that by the second season they were still in February of 1990. I think a more open title was called for. I also wasn't sure if they'd get there in the end and give the TV series a suitable finale - but they did.

    I certainly hope I come across a DVD box-set of the entire thing.
     

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