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The Execution of Gary Glitter (2009)

Set in a parallel Britain in which the death penalty has been re-introduced, this drama sees the trial of Gary Glitter for his true crimes committed in Vietnam.

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Rob Coldstream

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Rob Coldstream
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Hilton McRae Hilton McRae ... Gary Glitter
Adam James ... John Carter QC
Clive Flint Clive Flint ... DCI Crane
Louisa Rix ... Valerie Clark
Caroline O'Neill ... Kelly Andrews
Anna Nguyen Anna Nguyen ... Girl A
Terence Harvey ... Prosecution Counsel
Lai Thi Nguyen Lai Thi Nguyen ... Mrs. Tran
David Caldwell Evans David Caldwell Evans ... Dr. Jones
Malcolm Rennie Malcolm Rennie ... Judge
Verity Hewlitt Verity Hewlitt ... Demo Girl (as Verity Hewlett)
Ian Porter ... Reverend David Sanders
Alan Brent ... John Laws
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Set in a parallel Britain in which the death penalty has been re-introduced, this drama sees the trial of Gary Glitter for his true crimes committed in Vietnam.

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UK

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English

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6 November 2009 (UK) See more »

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Juniper Communications See more »
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Pathetic
18 January 2010 | by marktreutSee all my reviews

Very disappointing. I was somewhat led to believe that this programme would raise the issue of the death penalty as a matter of debate, but the real debate will have to be the mishandling by the programme makers. Quite aside from the fact that Glitter is charged with crimes committed beyond British jurisdiction, the fact that he is given only 30 days to appeal is quite frankly unbelievable. It's "Alice in Wonderland". This was a Britain that was so alternative that you expected the Prime Minister to be Robert Mugabe or Osama Bin Laden.

Furthermore there is the fact that this programme seemed only to "interview" those in favour of the death penalty, like Ann Widdecombe or Gary Bushell. There was nothing about the flip side of the coin, most notably the fact that justice has been known to make mistakes, or at the very least jailed people whose convictions are later questioned: Tim Evans (who was hanged), the Guildford Four or Barry George (convicted but later cleared of the Jill Dando murder).

On a separate note, the accidental music was dreadful and unnecessary. You cannot imagine the relief when we were sparred the playing of badly-tuned violins or the clonking of xylophones. It is time for this kind of thing to stop.


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