The Deal 2003

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Fans of Stephen Frears’ Academy-award winner the Queen should be aware that it’s a sequel of sorts; he previously cast Michael Sheen as Tony Blair in this television drama, which was also written by Peter Morgan.  The Deal doesn’t have quite the same international appeal; the subject is a more local affair, and concerns the ‘deal’ between PM Blair and his deputy Gordon Brown (David Morrissey) , a piece of power-broking that reputedly kept Brown from power and cemented Blair’s own position in the history books. A political roman a clef, The Deal is an absorbing drama about a subject that may be unfamiliar to audiences outside the UK, well acted and unafraid to speculate on the private motivations of famous men.

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