G.B.H. (1991)

Status: Ended

Airdate: 1991-06-06

Runtime: 40 minutes

Rating(s): 8.8

Genre(s): Drama

Language(s): English


GBH was a seven-part British television drama written by Alan Bleasdale shown in the summer of 1991 on Channel 4. The protagonists were Michael Murray, the Militant tendency-supporting Labour leader of a city council in the North of England and Jim Nelson, the headmaster of a school for disturbed children. The series was controversial partly because Murray appeared to be based on Derek Hatton, former Deputy Leader of Liverpool City Council — in an interview in the G.B.H. DVD Bleasdale recounts an accidental meeting with Hatton before the series, who indicates that he has caught wind of Bleasdale's intentions but does not mind as long as the actor playing him is "handsome". In normal parlance, the initials "GBH" refer to the criminal charge of grievous bodily harm - however, the actual intent of the letters is that it is supposed to stand for Great British Holiday.

Cast 60
Michael Palin - Jim Nelson
Robert Lindsay - Michael Murray
Lindsay Duncan - Barbara Douglas
Julie Walters - Mrs. Murray
Dearbhla Molloy - Laura Nelson
Tom Georgeson - Lou Barnes
Andrew Schofield - Peter Grenville
Alan Igbon - Teddy
Michael Angelis - Martin Niarchos
David Ross - Mr Weller
Philip Whitchurch - Franky Murray
Daniel Massey - Grosvenor
Jane Danson - Eileen Critchley
Peter-Hugo Daly - Bubbles McGuire
Paul Daneman - Mervyn Sloan
John Shrapnel - Dr Jacobs
Bill Stewart - Geoff
Julia St. John - Diane Niarchos
Gareth Tudor Price - Richard Grenville
Colin Douglas - Frank Twist
Jimmy Mulville - Philip
John Henshaw - Murray's Minder
Anna Friel - Susan Nelson
Hayley Fairclough - Jessica Nelson
Edward Mallon - Mark Nelson
Daniel Street-Brown - Robbie Burns
Serena Harragin - Miss Hutchinson
Stephen Hall - Young Michael Murray
Michelle Atkinson - Young Barbara
Ayesa Toure - Monica
Michael Fernandez - Jake
Paul Oldham - Joey
Gary Mavers - Billy
Wayne Foskett - Macker
Niall Toibin - Michael Murray Snr
Steve Halliwell - Bubbles' Friend
Clifford Rose - Judge Critchley
William Gaunt - Hunningdon
Amanda Mealing - Beth
Cliff Howells - Joseph Cartwright
Paul Butterworth - Terry
David Nicholls - Poacher Terry
Freddie Fletcher - Poacher Vic
Peter Armitage - Mr Burns
Arthur Spreckley - Grandfather Burns
Jean Anderson - Dr Goldup
William Franklyn - Distinguished Gent
James Tomlinson - Stan
Jake Abraham - Black Waiter
Noreen Kershaw - Maureen Murray
Chris Hargreaves - Scrawny Thug
Judith Barker - Margie
Debra Gillett - Sylvia
Chris Darwin - Barry
Ken Kitson - Vince
Kulvinder Ghir - Ravi
Norman Mills - Redneck Councillor
Ray Emmet Brown - West Indian
Anthony Benson - Norman
Keith Clifford - Coach Driver
Directing 1
Robert Young - Director
Writing 1
Alan Bleasdale - Writer
Sound 1
Elvis Costello - Music
Production 3
Verity Lambert - Executive Producer
Alan Bleasdale - Producer
David E. Jones - Producer
Network 1
Channel 4

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