Another Very British Coup for C4?

Gabriel Byrne stars in new political thriller.

25 Apr 2012
by Callum Smith


Gabriel Byrne

Gabriel Byrne will headline in Coup, a new four-part conspiracy thriller serial for Channel Four, it's been announced.


Byrne plays the lead role of politician Tom Dawkins, the reluctant hero at the heart of this contemporary conspiracy thriller, who finds himself thrust into the spotlight of front-line politics when he least expects to be, and who risks everything by taking on the might of the establishment.


A massive industrial accident on Teesside leaves several people dead and raises awkward questions about the safety procedures of the US petrochemical company involved. As a man who has a profound belief in transparency and open government, Dawkins will have to tackle vested interests, financial, media, and military, both domestic and international, in his pursuit to uncover the truth and get justice for the families affected by the disaster.


Along the way, he will struggle to keep his party onside and the electorate behind him, as he also weathers damaging revelations about his personal life. And as the investigation into the Teesside disaster proceeds, Dawkins becomes aware of establishment's secret ties to the petrochemical company and comes to realise that there are bigger powers at play behind the scenes.


The cover of the novel, A Very British Coup

Oddly, Channel Four are saying that Coup - which also stars Sherlock's Rupert Graves - is based on the novel A Very British Coup by Labour MP Chris Mullin. Yet the synopsis released by the channel doesn't bear any relation to the book or indeed the 1988 C4 adaptation by Alan Plater. We've fired off an email to their press office, seeking clarification on this, and are awaiting their reply. (Hurry up, please)


Coup, which is now in post-production, has been penned by Robert Jones (Lennon Naked) and is directed by Ed Fraiman (Melin).


You can watch the 1988 version (which is one of the best TV dramas of the 80s, by the way), here.



Another Very British Coup for C4?
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