An Ungentlemanly Act

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Odyssey Video DVD Cover
Genre Historical drama
Written by Stuart Urban
Directed by Stuart Urban
Starring Ian Richardson
Bob Peck
Rosemary Leach
Ian McNeice
Theme music composer Russell King
Country of origin United Kingdom
Original language(s) English
Producer(s) Bradley Adams
Franc Roddam
Michael Wearing
Cinematography Peter Chapman
Running time 135 minutes
Original network BBC Two
Original release 13 June 1992 (1992-06-13)

An Ungentlemanly Act is a 1992 BBC television film about the first days of the invasion of the Falkland Islands in 1982.


The film was written and directed by Stuart Urban, and commissioned to mark the tenth anniversary of the Falklands War. The film was closely based on the historical record, and all of the major incidents portrayed were drawn from contemporary accounts by those who took part. Filming took place on the Falkland Islands and at Ealing Studios. Urban is a fluent Spanish-speaker, and plays an uncredited role as the Argentine radio operator.

Ian Richardson replaced Ian Holm as Falklands Governor Rex Hunt after Holm dropped out of the production at the last minute. Bob Peck plays Major Mike Norman, the commander of the Royal Marines based at Stanley, while Norman himself acted as advisor on the production, and has a small part as a member of the Falkland Islands Defence Force (FIDF). Don Bonner, who was Governor Hunt's chauffeur at the time of the conflict, cameos in a scene set in Stanley store where he says "Hello Don" to the actor playing himself.


The film was well-received on release and is generally considered to be an accurate and even-handed portrayal of events. It won the BAFTA Award for Best Single Drama the following year, and was later shown on television in Argentina.



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