The Wednesday Play Vote Vote Vote for Nigel Barton: Seven million people watched "Stand Up, Nigel Barton," and this audience increased to 8.75 million viewers when "Vote, Vote, Vote for Nigel Barton" was shown the following week (December 15, 1965). Dennis Potter ran in the 1964 General Election as a Labour Party candidate, and this experience was the springboard for the play. The political idealism of Oxford graduate Nigel Barton (Keith Barron) sets him campaigning as a Labour candidate, but he becomes disillusioned and disenchanted by empty political rhetoric, prompting him to speak his true thoughts. Potter added a sardonic sidebar by having politico Jack Hay (John Bailey) speak a counterpoint commentary directly into the camera. The two plays were written in a reverse order from the sequence as aired. Commissioned by the BBC in the summer of 1964, "Vote, Vote, Vote for Nigel Barton," went before the cameras in April 1965 and was scheduled for June transmission. However, the play's political implications prompted the BBC to withdraw it on the scheduled airdate. It was postponed for six months. During that time, Potter wrote the prequel, "Stand Up, Nigel Barton."
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|Released:||December 15, 1965|
|Actors:||Aimee Delamain Arthur Lawrence Arthur Ridley Barbara Atkinson Charles Rea Cyril Luckham Donald Hewlett Fred Berman Harold Bennett John Bailey Keith Barron Keith Campbell Madge Brindley Margaret Diamond Michael Segal Raymond Witch Sonia Graham Valerie Gearon Walter Hall|
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