Mr White Goes To Westminster. Ben White (Bill Paterson). Copyright: Hat Trick Productions
Mr White Goes To Westminster

Mr White Goes To Westminster

  • TV comedy drama
  • Channel 4
  • 1997
  • 1 episode

Satire by Guy Jenkin, based on the election of former BBC war reporter and "man in the white suit", Martin Bell, to Parliament. Also features Bill Paterson, Samantha Bond, Robert Duncan, Celia Imrie, Dervla Kirwan and more.

Mr White Goes To Westminster. Image shows from L to R: Ben White (Bill Paterson), Helen Nash (Samantha Bond), Pam (Dervla Kirwan). Copyright: Hat Trick Productions

Key details

Comedy Drama
Channel 4
Bill Paterson, Samantha Bond, Robert Duncan, Celia Imrie, Dervla Kirwan, Josephine Butler, John Bowler, Adam Kotz and more
Guy Jenkin
Guy Jenkin
Colin Swash, Denise O'Donoghue and Mary Bell

Comedy-drama from Guy Jenkin, inspired by former BBC journalist Martin Bell's election to Parliament.

Ben White is an ex-TV foreign correspondent who stands in a General Election as an independent on an anti-sleaze ticket, put up to do so by the opposition after the incumbent is hit by a number of scandals but refuses to resign. Despite having no experience as a politician, on election night Ben wins a huge majority and significant victory against his opponents, the notorious Conservative Paul Madison and his vociferously supportive wife, Victoria.

When White goes to Westminster he attempts to pass a new law to curb press freedom but immediately finds himself a target of press harassment in the form of tabloid report Pam 'The Ferret' and her paper, The Comet. And he is reunited with an old (married) flame, new Labour MP Helen Nash. Soon Ben finds his private and political lives laid bare to public scrutiny in a world of media intrustion, parliamentary skulduggery and illicity romance.

Can Mr Clean survive the sleaze?

Additional details

Camera set-up
Single camera

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Broadcast details

First broadcast
Wednesday 31st December 1997 at 9pm on Channel 4
Episode length
90 minutes
All previous repeats
  • Monday 5th September 2016 at 10:30pm on London Live
  • Tuesday 12th May 2015 at 10:00pm on London Live
  • Thursday 7th May 2015 at 9:00pm on London Live

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