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Inside the Foreign Office 

Over the course of one extremely turbulent year cameras go behind the scenes at heart of the UK's Foreign Office to show the work of British diplomats.
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Michael Waldman Michael Waldman ...  Himself - Narrator 3 episodes, 2018
Simon McDonald Simon McDonald ...  Himself - Permanent Under-Secretary and Head of the Diplomatic Service 3 episodes, 2018
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Over the course of one extremely turbulent year cameras go behind the scenes at heart of the UK's Foreign Office to show the work of British diplomats.

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15 November 2018 (UK) See more »

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Smooth characters
2 December 2018 | by paul2001sw-1See all my reviews

Michael Waldman's three films take us inside the Foreign Office, watching the country's smooth diplomats (and not so smooth politicians) as they conduct the business of statecraft at the highest levels. It's particularly notable how fluently the senior civil servants sidestep the question of Brexit; also, how transparently obnoxious Boris Johnson is, even when mugging for the camera. We don't get any shocking revelations, and the film allows us to see most of its participants at their best, but I thought that there was a ring of truth in its portrait of what daily work in the F.O. might actually involve. There could have been more frank speaking - but I guess that was always going to be hard to procure with this subject.


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