Episodes 1 and 2
First Broadcast: 12AM Sun 19 June 1988

A Very British Coup opens with the election of Perkins, an ex-steelworker from Sheffield, who becomes prime minister in a landslide victory on a manifesto committed to radical policies. But, the establishment is none too pleased with Perkins, and soon the world outside Number 10 - the media, the civil service, the armed services and particularly the Americans - set out to stop him in his tracks.

When he decides that the US bases and missiles must leave the country, the Americans decide it's time that Harry went instead.

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    1. A Very British Coup Episodes 1 and 2 Sun 19 Jun 1988

      A Very British Coup opens with the election of Perkins, an ex-steelworker from Sheffield, who becomes prime minister in…

    2. A Very British Coup Episode 3 Fri 3 Jun 1988

      Financial crises, sex scandals and industrial unrest. In the final part of A Very British Coup, the storm clouds…

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Based on the novel by Chris Mullin, this political thriller stars Ray McAnally as the newly elected left-wing prime minister Harry Perkins, who soon finds himself up to his neck in conspiracy