The Monocled Mutineer (1986): S01E01 – The Making of a Hero


The Monocled Mutineer is a British television series made by the BBC in 1986 and shown on BBC1.

The first episode being transmitted on 31 August 1986, intended to head BBC1’s autumn season of drama.

Viewed by about ten million people, the series caused some controversy at the time, as it drove right-wing newspapers to use it as an example of what they saw as a left-wing bias of the BBC.


First part in a four-part series based on the book by William Allison and John Fairley about the true-life figure of Percy Toplis, who led a British army mutiny during the First World War.

The background to Percy Toplis joining the British Army during the First World War.

The Monocled Mutineer Series

You can find a full index of The Monocled Mutineer here.

Production & Filming Details

  • Creator(s): Alan Bleasdale.
  • Director(s): Jim O’Brien.
  • Producer(s): Richard Broke and Peter Wolfes.
  • Writer(s): William Allison, Alan Bleasdale, and John Fairley.
  • Music: George Fenton.
  • Cinematography: Andrew Dunn, Jeremy Humphries, and Robert Southam.
  • Editor(s): John Stothart, Tariq Anwar, and Julian Miller.
  • Production: BBC.
  • Distributor(s): BBC.
  • Original Network: BBC One.
  • Release Date: 31 August 1986.
  • Running Time: 311 minutes (total running time).
  • Country: UK.
  • Language: English.


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