Jun 06, 1991
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Michael Palin isJim Nelson
Jim Nelson
Robert Lindsay isMichael Murray
Michael Murray
Lindsay Duncan isBarbara Douglas
Barbara Douglas
Julie Walters isMrs. Murray
Mrs. Murray
Dearbhla Molloy isLaura Nelson
Laura Nelson
Tom Georgeson isLou Barnes
Lou Barnes
Andrew Schofield isPeter Grenville
Peter Grenville
Michael Angelis isMartin Niarchos
Martin Niarchos
David Ross isMr Weller
Mr Weller


GBH was a seven-part British television drama written by Alan Bleasdale shown in the summer of 1991 on Channel 4. The protagonists were Michael Murray, the Militant tendency-supporting Labour leader of a city council in the North of England and Jim Nelson, the headmaster of a school for disturbed children.

The series was controversial partly because Murray appeared to be based on Derek Hatton, former Deputy Leader of Liverpool City Council — in an interview in the G.B.H. DVD Bleasdale recounts an accidental meeting with Hatton before the series, who indicates that he has caught wind of Bleasdale’s intentions but does not mind as long as the actor playing him is “handsome”.

In normal parlance, the initials “GBH” refer to the criminal charge of grievous bodily harm – however, the actual intent of the letters is that it is supposed to stand for Great British Holiday.

Original title G.B.H.
First air date Jun 06, 1991
Last air date Jul 18, 1991
Seasons 1
Episodes 7

Seasons and episodes

1 Season 1 Jun 06, 1991

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