Centring on Labour Party preparations for a general election, Hare had unprecedented access to Kinnock's last campaign and the resulting play didn't please everyone at Walworth Road either.
Despite its dealing with political principles and leadership, it is intriguing to discover that the play is less about grand-scale theorising than personal allegiances. The director Richard Eyre has managed to retain nearly all of his original actors for this TV version, which pays huge dividends. The relationships look genuinely lived-in and the demands of the pruned script (45 minutes have been lost for the screen) are magnificently met by John Thaw doing his finest work since creating Morse, or Clare Higgins shifing gear from media-speak into sincerity in the course of a single speech. In the wake of the demise of Clause Four, it all seems startlingly apt.Reuse content