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The Monocled Mutineer 

During the First World War, Percy Toplis, a deserter from the British Army, plays a major role in the Étaples Mutiny in September 1917.




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Series cast summary:
Paul McGann ...  Percy Toplis 4 episodes, 1986
Bill Fellows ...  Geordie 3 episodes, 1986
Matthew Marsh ...  Charles Strange 3 episodes, 1986
Anthony Calf ...  Guiness 3 episodes, 1986
Jane Wood Jane Wood ...  Annie Webster 2 episodes, 1986
Ron Donachie ...  Strachan 2 episodes, 1986
Timothy West ...  Thomson 2 episodes, 1986
Dave Hill Dave Hill ...  Frank Webster 2 episodes, 1986
Penelope Wilton ...  Lady Angela Forbes 2 episodes, 1986
Cherie Lunghi ...  Dorothy 2 episodes, 1986
Jerome Flynn ...  Franny 2 episodes, 1986
David Allister David Allister ...  General Asser 2 episodes, 1986
Geoff Morrell ...  Aussie Gas Mask 2 episodes, 1986
Philip McGough Philip McGough ...  Edwin Woodhall / ... 2 episodes, 1986
Louis Mellis Louis Mellis ...  Scots Gas Mask 2 episodes, 1986
Patrick Doyle ...  Gilzean 2 episodes, 1986
Aran Bell Aran Bell ...  Fallows 2 episodes, 1986
Billy Clarke Billy Clarke 2 episodes, 1986
Terry Cundall Terry Cundall ...  Bertram 2 episodes, 1986
Peter Hutchinson Peter Hutchinson ...  Norman 2 episodes, 1986
Ted Richards Ted Richards ...  PC Fulton 2 episodes, 1986
Richard Ireson Richard Ireson ...  Inspector Ritchie 2 episodes, 1986
David Miller David Miller ...  Spruce 2 episodes, 1986


During the First World War, Percy Toplis, a deserter from the British Army, plays a major role in the Étaples Mutiny in September 1917.

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Drama | History | War


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Release Date:

31 August 1986 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Мятежник с моноклем See more »

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(3 episodes) | (DVD) | (1 Episode)



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The BBC was criticized for advertising it as a true story, when it was mostly fiction. According to his 2013 obituary, this was cited by The Guardian as a contributing factor, as well as a series of other editorial controversies, which led to the forced resignation of Director-General Alasdair Milne in January 1987. See more »

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The most haunting and romantic British television series
4 December 2013 | by alcorcrisanSee all my reviews

I must say I've come across this title accidentally, in David Suchet's book about his experience of playing Hercule Poirot, where he mentions Paul McGann and his part in "The Monocled Mutineer". Whether the television production and / or the book it is based upon observe the historical details seems to me to be rather irrelevant. I have made my judgement based upon the four episodes alone. The actor playing the main part is perfectly cast, and the music signed by George Fenton is an essential element contributing to the overall haunting nature of the film. All the other actors and actresses play their respective parts to perfection, and make the series a serious contender for a much better reputation in the history of BBC productions. The horrors of war and war-mongering, the stupidity of officers and NCOs alike, the pretext offered by continental conflict to an expression of man's basest instincts, including that of resorting to torture - be it psychological or physical - they are as many chances given to the anti-hero to show himself in his true dimension. Awesome, as the Americans say!

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