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

Mr White Goes To Westminster

Channel 4 comedy drama about political corruption. 1 episode in 1997. Stars Bill Paterson, Samantha Bond, Robert Duncan, Celia Imrie and others.

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.

Mr White Goes To Westminster

Satire by Guy Jenkin, based on the election of former BBC war reporter and "man in the white suit", Martin Bell, to Parliament

Comedy Drama
Channel 4
Bill Paterson, Samantha Bond, Robert Duncan, Celia Imrie, Dervla Kirwan, Josephine Butler, John Bowler, Adam Kotz and others
Guy Jenkin
Guy Jenkin
Colin Swash

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?

Production Details

Production company
Laugh track

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Wednesday 31st December 1997 on Channel 4 at 9pm
Episode length
90 minutes
Last repeat
Monday 5th September 2016 at 10:30pm on London Live

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