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A Very Open Prison


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A new season of Screen Two begins with this comedy drama starring Tom Wilkinson
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Producer: Geoffrey Perkins
Director: Guy Jenkin
David Hanratty: Tom Wilkinson
Brian Silcott: Ronald Pickup
Jeremy Craig: Stephen Tompkinson
Amanda Ellis: Emily Mortimer
Dominic Casement: Peter Wingfield
Lord Langland: Michael Hordern
Chief Constable Christie: Geoffrey Whitehead
Prime Minister: John Fortune
Victoria Bridgewater: Celia Imrie
Sir Mortimer Fawkes: Julian Fellowes
John Bentley: Michael Fenton-Stevens
Arthur Hare: William Hoyland
Vince: Jason Barry
Ricky: David Sterne
Eddie: Andy Hamilton
inspector Lisa Sutcliffe: Susannah Hitching
Dick Holt: Frederick Warder
Herself: Sue Carpenter

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