Britannia Hospital. Mick Travis (Malcolm McDowell)

Key details

Genre
Film
Released
1982
Stars
Leonard Rossiter, Graham Crowden, Joan Plowright, Jill Bennett, Marsha Hunt, Malcolm McDowell, Robin Askwith, John Bett and more
Writer
David Sherwin
Director
Lindsay Anderson
Producers
Davina Belling and Clive Parsons
Companies

An extremely black comedy, Britannia Hospital satirises British society in the early 1980s, from the NHS to police brutality, protest movements to private enterprise, socialism and African banana republics to technology. In short: revolution.

Whilst the colourful egomanic Professor Millar prepares to open his self-named new wing at Britannia Hospital with a demonstration of the ominously named Genesis, porters, cooks and other staff in the neighbouring, crumbling state hospital buildings are on strike, raising grave objections to the presence of a private ward, privilege, and any deviation from their socialist ideals.

Worse for the hospital's administrators is that one of the most senior members of the Royal Family is due to visit on that same day, touring the existing hospital and formally opening the new Millar Centre before a highly-feted demonstration of Genesis. But Millar has a first-of-a-kind operation to perform too, and protests outside the gates are only growing.

The presence of the President of an African banana republic in the private wing provokes further demonstration from anti-imperialists, whilst two opposing groups of media - one authorised by Millar and one definitely not - attempt to cover the day's events.

Desperate that the royal visit is not hindered, hospital boss Potter sets about making deals wherever he can, twisting arms in order that the day may run smoothly. But there are some factors beyond his control, and the actions of Professor Millar and his team are included.

Additional details

UK certificate
AA
Duration
116 minutes
Distributors

EMI

Production
Studio
Camera set-up
Single camera
Picture
Colour

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Broadcast details

Most recent repeats
  • Monday 17th June 2019 at 11:00pm on London Live
  • Tuesday 15th January 2019 at 12:00am on London Live
  • Saturday 12th January 2019 at 12:10am on London Live

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