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Coup! (BBC-2 2006 with Simon Mann and Robert Bathhurst)

UK / BBC Two / 1×105 minute episode / Broadcast 30 June 2006

Writer: John Fortune / Costume Design: Ruy Filipe / Music: Adrian Johnston / Production Design: John Stevenson / Director of Photography: Donal Gilligan / Executive Producers: Alex Holmes. Jessica Pope / Producer: Jo Wright / Director: Simon Cellan Jones

A dramatised account of an real-life attempt by an old Etonian and mercenary to organise a coup in Equatorial New Guinea to help an exiled leader regain his oil rich country – done because he wants to do something adventurous with his life. It also tells how some rich and influential people were duped into helping him fund the project.

Simon Mann was superb in the lead role and Lucy Cohu as his wife, despite having little to do, still managed to look incredibly sexy. Stand out though would have to be Robert Bathurst as Mark Thatcher.

cast
SIMON MANN as Jared Harris
ROBERT BATHURST as Mark Thatcher
LUCY COHU as Amanda Mann
TOM MANNION as John Strick
RUPERT VANSITTART as Roddy Hamilton
CAROLINE BLAKISTON as Margaret Thatcher
JOE MASON as Sandy Mann
ANDREE EVANS as Enid
IAN ROBERTS as Nick Du Toit
DAVID DENNIS as Rafael Acosta
PUTLA SEHLAPELO as David
LIONEL NEWTON as Crause Steyl
GEOFFREY MBENGE as Moto
ERNEST NDLOVU as Pedro
ASHLEY HAYDEN as Diana Thatcher
ROBIN SMITH asa Horn
CHANTAL NATIVEL as Belinda Du Toit