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Screen Two: The Absence Of War (BBC-2 1995 with John Thaw and Richard Pasco)

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UK / BBC Two / 1×105 minute episode / Broadcast 1995

Writer: David Hare / Costumes: Hazel Pethig / Producer: Simon Curtis / Executive Producer: George Faber / Director: Richard Eyre

Series: Screen Two / Season 13 Episode 5

Political drama. Labour leader George Jones battles with his party on the campaign trail of a general election. Based on Hare’s successful play which also starred Thaw in the lead and screened as part of the BBC’s Screen Two strand of high profile stand alone dramas.

Hare began writing plays after founding an experimental theatre group in the late 1960′s, initially setting himself up as director his writing very quickly eclipsed his directorial skills. Absence of War itself if part of a trilogy examining the state of various British institutions, the others being Law and the Church.

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JOHN THAW as George Jones
RICHARD PASCO as Malcolm Pryce
NICHOLAS DAY as Charles Kendrick
SASKIA WICKHAM as Mary
MARTIN JARVIS as Linus
BARBARA LEIGH-HUNT as Gwenda
OLIVER FORD-DAVIES as Oliver
MICHAEL BRYANT as Bryden
CLARE HIGGINS as Lindsay
PAUL MORIARTY as Andrew
ALASTAIR GALBRAITH as Bruce
TYRONE HUGGINS as Trevor
JUDITH COKE as Carole
JUDY DAMAS as Waitress

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