Jonathan Cake, Jemma Redgrave and Hugh Bonneville lead an outstanding cast in Mosley, which is to be released on DVD as a complete series next month.
Originally screened in 1998 on Channel 4 the Alamo Production was met with some controversy, with some suggesting the series had glamourised the life of British fascist Oswald Mosley.
The Independent newspaper at the time reported ‘Opponents of Mosley in the Thirties and Forties who have seen the drama believe that the four-part drama gives an overly sympathetic portrayal of the leader of the British Union of Fascists and waters down his anti- Semitism.’
However the aim of the mini-series was to trace the turbulent political career and tempestuous private life of Mosley, leader of the British Union of Fascists during the 1930s. Over four episodes the series charts Mosley’s rise to political notoriety through his personal life– from youthful rising star of the Conservative Party to potential leader of the Labour Party, and later abandonment of conventional party politics to become a figurehead of burgeoning fascism.
You can decide for yourself whether Channel 4 were overly lenient on Mosley or not when Mosley – The Complete Series (15) is released on the 4th of July 2016, RRP £14.99, courtesy of Network Distributing.
This set comprises the complete series, scripted by Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran – BAFTA-winning creators of The New Statesman, Birds of a Feather and Love Hurts – and based on two volumes of biography written by Mosley’s son, Nicholas Mosley, who also acted as consultant.