Last Rights (miniseries)

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Last Rights
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GenrePolitical thriller
Written byClive Bradley
Directed byBill Anderson
StarringPhilip Glenister
Charles Dance
Ashley Walters
Kiera Malik
Sonnell Dadral
Iddo Goldberg
Stephen Graham
Colin McFarlane
Mamta Kaash
Composer(s)Nick Bicât
Country of originUnited Kingdom
Original language(s)English
No. of series1
No. of episodes3 (list of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s)Rob Pursey
Producer(s)Philip Trethowan
CinematographyKieran McGuigan
Editor(s)Paul Knight
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)Touchpaper Television
Release
Original networkChannel 4
Picture format16:9 (576i)
Audio formatStereo
Original release24 March 2005 (2005-03-24)

Last Rights is a British television political thriller mini-series, written by Clive Bradley and directed by Bill Anderson, which first aired on Channel 4.[1] Despite the subject matter, all three episodes were broadcast back-to-back from 9am on 24 March 2005, as part of a strand of programming aired towards the run-up to the 2005 UK General Election.[2]

The series stars Philip Glenister as John Speers, a spin-doctor and right-hand man to the newly elected prime minister, Richard Wheeler (Charles Dance), who tries to prevent the leak of potentially sensitive confidential information when his laptop is stolen by a young tearaway. The series also co-starred Ashley Walters, Iddo Goldberg, Stephen Graham and Colin McFarlane.[3] Aside from a single rerun during the T4 strand of programming in 2006, the series has never been repeated since and has never been released on DVD. Due to the timeslot of broadcast, no viewing figures were recorded for any of the three episodes.

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London, 2009. Voter apathy is at an all-time high in the United Kingdom, and a new right-wing political party, The Democratic Consensus Party, led by Richard Wheeler (Charles Dance), have just been voted into office. Unbeknownst to the public, the DCP have a sinister hidden agenda to do away with democracy and turn the country into a police state. John Speers (Philip Glenister) panics when just days after being appointed as Wheeler's right-hand-man and spin-doctor, his laptop is stolen by Tariq (Sonnell Dadral), a young tearaway. Concerned that the laptop contains potentially sensitive and confidential information, Speers sets about trying to recover it. Meanwhile, Tariq's best friend, Max (Ashley Walters) is concerned when he suddenly disappears without trace. Max finds himself unwittingly drawn into a dangerous world of corruption and political conspiracy as he goes in search of his missing friend. Max subsequently discovers information which threatens to ruin the government's plans, but will he realise it's significance in time?

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