G.B.H. (1991)

  • Genre: Drama
  • Creator: Alan Bleasdale
  • First Air Date: 1991-06-06
  • Last Air Date: 1991-07-18
  • Total Seasons: 1
  • Total Episodes: 7
  • Status: Ended
  • Episode Runtime: 81 min.
  • Production Company: GBH Films Ltd.
  • Networks: Channel 4
  • Director: Robert Young
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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.

  • Keywords: england, politics, miniseries, british politics, headmaster, local politics
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    G.B.H. Seasons

    Season 0

    First Air Date:
    1 Episodes

    Season 1

    First Air Date: 1991-06-06
    7 Episodes

    G.B.H. Episodes

    Title Air Date Duration
    Season 1Episode 1It Couldn't Happen Here90 min
    Season 1Episode 2Only Here on a Message90 min
    Season 1Episode 3Send a Message to Michael90 min
    Season 1Episode 4Message Sent90 min
    Season 1Episode 5Message Received90 min
    Season 1Episode 6Message Understood90 min
    Season 1Episode 7Over and Out90 min
    • Michael Palin

      as Jim Nelson
    • Robert Lindsay

      as Michael Murray
    • Lindsay Duncan

      as Barbara Douglas
    • Julie Walters

      as Mrs. Murray
    • Dearbhla Molloy

      as Laura Nelson
    • Tom Georgeson

      as Lou Barnes
    • Andrew Schofield

      as Peter Grenville
    • Alan Igbon

      as Teddy
    • Michael Angelis

      as Martin Niarchos
    • David Ross

      as Mr Weller
    • Philip Whitchurch

      as Franky Murray
    • Daniel Massey

      as Grosvenor
    • Jane Danson

      as Eileen Critchley
    • Peter-Hugo Daly

      as Bubbles McGuire
    • Paul Daneman

      as Mervyn Sloan
    • Bill Stewart

      as Geoff
    • Julia St. John

      as Diane Niarchos
    • Gareth Tudor Price

      as Richard Grenville
    • Colin Douglas

      as Frank Twist
    • Jimmy Mulville

      as Philip
    • John Henshaw

      as Murray's Minder
    • Anna Friel

      as Susan Nelson
    • Hayley Fairclough

      as Jessica Nelson
    • Edward Mallon

      as Mark Nelson
    • Daniel Street-Brown

      as Robbie Burns
    • Serena Harragin

      as Miss Hutchinson
    • Stephen Hall

      as Young Michael Murray
    • Michelle Atkinson

      as Young Barbara
    • Ayesa Toure

      as Monica
    • Michael Fernandez

      as Jake
    • Paul Oldham

      as Joey
    • Gary Mavers

      as Billy
    • Wayne Foskett

      as Macker
    • Niall Tóibín

      as Michael Murray Snr
    • Steve Halliwell

      as Bubbles' Friend
    • Clifford Rose

      as Judge Critchley
    • William Gaunt

      as Hunningdon
    • Amanda Mealing

      as Beth
    • Cliff Howells

      as Joseph Cartwright
    • Paul Butterworth

      as Terry
    • David J. Nicholls

      as Poacher Terry
    • Freddie Fletcher

      as Poacher Vic
    • Peter Armitage

      as Mr Burns
    • Arthur Spreckley

      as Grandfather Burns
    • Jean Anderson

      as Dr Goldup
    • William Franklyn

      as Distinguished Gent
    • James Tomlinson

      as Stan
    • Jake Abraham

      as Black Waiter
    • Noreen Kershaw

      as Maureen Murray
    • Chris Hargreaves

      as Scrawny Thug
    • Judith Barker

      as Margie
    • Debra Gillett

      as Sylvia
    • Chris Darwin

      as Barry
    • Ken Kitson

      as Vince
    • Kulvinder Ghir

      as Ravi
    • Norman Mills

      as Redneck Councillor
    • Ray Emmet Brown

      as West Indian
    • Anthony Benson

      as Norman
    • Keith Clifford

      as Coach Driver
    Directing Robert Young Director
    Writing Alan Bleasdale Writer
    Sound Elvis Costello Music
    Production Verity Lambert Executive Producer
    Production Alan Bleasdale Producer
    Production David E. Jones Producer