Synopsis by Hal Erickson
The three-part British miniseries The Monocled Mutineer related the true story of army private Percy Topliss, who during WWI rebelled against the cruelties imposed upon conscripts at the infamous Etaples training camp. After fomenting a mutiny on September 29, 1917, Topliss was forced to go on the lam, "hiding in plain sight" by successfully impersonating an Army captain. The chase ended not long after Topliss murdered a London cab driver in 1920. Busy TV and stage scrivener Alan Bleasdale was given the task of compressing Topliss' "career" into a single 95-minute episode and two 75-minute installments. The Monocled Mutineer was shown by BBC1 between August 31 and September 29, 1986.