Tony Britton won a BAFTA nomination for his central performance in this finely observed drama about a veteran Labour back-bencher who risks the remains of his career when he re-engages in the grass-roots politics of his northern working-class constituency. Starting life as a single ITV Playhouse drama which won the Broadcasting Press Guild's award for Best Single Play in 1975, The Nearly Man follows the events of seven months in a critical year for Christopher Collinson a public-school MP with the perfect credentials for a candidate in the forthcoming general election.... The series charts his uneasy relationship with party activists, the intrigues and aggression of politics and the impact of Collinson's renewed ambition upon his marriage. This set features all seven episodes of the series along with the single play, devised and written by BAFTA winner Arthur Hopcraft. [show more]
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All seven episodes of the British television drama miniseries created by Arthur Hopcraft. Veteran Labour backbencher Christopher Collinson (Tony Britton) finds himself perfectly situated to be a prime candidate in the forthcoming general election. Collinson isn't certain however that this is truly the path he wants to follow. His political career is nearing its end and he may have no better chance to solidify his legacy, but he also sees the potential in engagement with the surging grass-roots politics of his working-class, northern constituency. Both ways are mired in bulldog politics and backroom intrigues, and both will place new strain on his marriage. The episodes are: 'Opportunity: March 1975', 'Power Base: April 1975', 'Millie: May 1975', 'Re-shuffle: June 1975', 'Confrontation: July 1975', 'Casualties: August 1975' and 'Options'. The collection also includes the 1974 made-for-TV movie.