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Synopsis: Written by Stephen Poliakoff, an Entertaining and sumptuously bizarre look at upper-middle-class English life through the eyes of minor Soviet official Alexei Varyov. Living quietly by himself in a west London compound with other Russian journalists and civil servants, Alexei’s rather humdrum life of typing up Time Out-style articles for the Soviet press, with a side-line in posting videotapes of British TV to Russian broadcasters. While sending some tapes of Top of the Pops abroad on an Aeroflot charter flight, he’s accosted at Heathrow by upper crust, impetuous foreign office agent Harman who, after a rather showy demonstration of the reasons he was, entirely coincidentally, at the airport, drags Alexei off in his car to the early Sunday morning remains of a party at a Hampstead flat, where two young women Frances and Celia. Driving drunkenly home, and convinced he’s being followed, Alexei blacks out for a second and crashes the car. No-one’s badly hurt, and Ceila, oddly, doesn’t seem to mind. Back at his office, he explains to her his certainty that the foreign office are hounding him in an attempt to get him sent back home, an outcome he’s actually quite keen on, and his intention to play along with the game. However the more he finds out about Celia the more he discovers that he is not the only person alienated in the country.
Cast: Ian Holm (Alexei) - Helen Mirren (Celia) - Nigel Havers (Harman) - Celia Gregory (Frances) - Margery Mason (Celia's Mother) - Hugh Thomas (Castle) - Tony Doyle (Kirkby) - Chris Langham (Drinkwater) - Yuri Borienko (Porter) - Rupert Everett (Boy at Party) - Sarah Martin (Girl at Party) - Kate Percival (Bride) - Elizabeth Weaver (Bride's Mother) - Julian Sands (Groom) - Desnond Llewelyn (Man in Dream) - Gerard Ryer (Hotel Manager).
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