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Aro Recommended Falklands Collection, The


aka: The Falklands Play, Tumbledown
1986, 200 minutes
Dir. Michael Samuels
Genres: Drama / War, Controversy


Aroview: A collection of two BBC dramas focused around the controversial Falklands Campaign of 1982 during Margaret Thatcher's reign.

The Falklands Play: Wordy, Ian Curteis-penned play focused around the backroom manoeuvrings headed by Margaret Thatcher's government. Patricia Hodge plays Thatcher with remarkable compassion and nuance, aided somewhat by Curteis, who paints in her in such a resolutely positive light it is understandable that the BBC pulled the play's original airdate, which was to coincide with the 1987 General Election.

Tumbledown: Provocative, made-for-tv drama sees Colin Firth play an officer of the Scots Guards during the Falklands war, and follows his journey from idealistic young soldier through to physical and emotional wreck. This harrowing account of the seduction of the military was equally as controversial as The Falklands Play, with one particularly gruesome scene drawing protest from the Ministry of Defense.

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