A pair of activists in 1970s London set out to free a political prisoner and wage a resistance movement.A pair of activists in 1970s London set out to free a political prisoner and wage a resistance movement.A pair of activists in 1970s London set out to free a political prisoner and wage a resistance movement.
Awful, anachronistic fantasy
How interesting that UK-based reviewers see this show as rubbish and USA reviewers see it as some brilliant piece of true drama. I think the latter haven't got a clue what they are talking about in the same way as the writer, director and producers haven't. Believe me and the others above who have said that 1972 was the height of working-class struggle in the UK when workers were more militant than ever, including on the question of racism and internationalism. The National Front (a UK neo-Nazi small organisation) was not really going then so why depict it as if it was? White anti-racists including skinheads were active with their ethnic minority neighbours and workmates throughout the 1970s but are not shown here. USA viewers and readers need to understand that though still to this day things need improving the UK is nowhere near as racist to its core as the USA is. There is nothing like the same racial ghettoisation of neighbourhoods, towns and cities as there is in the USA, no organisation as horrific as the KKK, and so on. Apart from that clanger there are so many anachronisms that I don't know where to begin, as well as good actors like Rory Kinnear giving terrible performances. At best this is a perverse comedy, causing me to howl with laughter. At worst it will give any USA viewer and younger UK viewers a completely false idea of the very real issues this confection attempts to address. After the dodgy story behind 12 Years A Slave this writer is definitely one to avoid in future.
- May 16, 2017
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