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Bill Brand 1976

  • Ended
  • ITV
  • 1976-06-07T03:00:00-07:00
  • 60 mins
  • 11 hours, 0 mins (11 episodes)
  • United Kingdom
  • English
  • Drama

Set in the mid-1970s and reflecting the complexities of that turbulent decade, Bill Brand stars Jack Shepherd (Wycliffe) as a newly elected left-of-centre Labour MP who struggles to reconcile socialist principles with the realpolitik of Westminster. This groundbreaking and unashamedly intelligent drama series is penned by Oscar-nominated dramatist Trevor Griffiths (Fatherland, Reds) and earned a BAFTA nomination for Jack Shepherd.

A by-election in the solidly working-class constituency of Leighley sees Bill Brand, a former lecturer, elected to Parliament by a slim majority. Driven by a determination to improve the lives of his textile-worker constituents, he finds his ideas of representation are provocatively different from those of the whips; and in a world of oblique negotiations and hidden bargains – the uncomfortable realities of a minority government – Brand’s fundamental belief in the Party is assailed by doubts, while his troubled personal life further endangers his tenuous political career.

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