Masterpiece Theatre

Season 39 Episode 17

Endgame

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Aired Sunday 9:00 PM Oct 25, 2009 on PBS
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A real-life political thriller about the negotiations that led to the end of apartheid in South Africa and the release of Nelson Mandela. Seemingly doomed to failure, the secret talks show that peace is possible.

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    William Hurt

    William Hurt

    Professor Willie Esterhuyse

    Chiwetel Ejiofor

    Chiwetel Ejiofor

    Thabo Mbeki

    Jonny Lee Miller

    Jonny Lee Miller

    Michael Young

    Mark Strong

    Mark Strong

    Dr. Neil Barnard

    Clarke Peters

    Clarke Peters

    Nelson Mandela

    John Kani

    John Kani

    Oliver Tambo

    Mike Huff

    Mike Huff

    Willem de Klerk

    Guest Star

    Stephen Jennings

    Stephen Jennings

    Kobie Coetsee

    Guest Star

    Patrick Lyster

    Patrick Lyster

    Sampie Terreblanche

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    • QUOTES (5)

      • Thabo Mbeki: If you know the truth of our situation, professor, you will see that the issue of violence is irrevocably connected to the other issues we wrestle with. Only when we can participate in a truly democratic process will our armed struggle become obsolete. Only then will the conflict between us end.

      • Thabo Mbeki: So, professor, when you first saw me, did you think, 'Aha, so that's what a ***** Communist terrorist looks like?'
        Professor Esterhuyse: And you … did you think, 'Ah so that's what a ***** racist Boer looks like?'
        (Mbeki chuckles)
        Thabo Mbeki: No doubt you assume our claim to be non-racial is just a rhetoric of political convenience, but you are mistaken. It's what defines us.
        Professor Esterhuyse: And you are mistaken in your assumptions about us, Mr. Mbeki. Our fear doesn't stem from propaganda. But from the deep-rooted knowledge that one day we will be punished … for all the terrible wrongs we have inflicted.

      • (Michael Young has asked the professor to state his fears of majority rule.)
        Professor Esterhuyse: You'll obliterate not only our language and our culture, but our human rights.
        Thabo Mbeki: Fear is the first weapon of the oppressor. It blinds us all from seeing the humanity of the other.
        Professor Esterhuyse: Your hands are not so clean either, Mr. Mbeki. And what is your campaign of terror based on, if not fear?
        Thabo Mbeki: The culture of fear is not of our making, professor. We learnt it at the feet of our masters.

      • (Discussing Consolidated Goldfields involvement in the discussions.)
        Rudolph Agnew: A need-to-know basis only. Trust no one, confide in no one. I'll bury the costs under Research and Development or some such.
        (Young reaches into his jacket and pulls out papers.)
        Michael Young: Um, arrangements for my personal affairs should anything happen to me.
        Rudolph Agnew: You think that's likely?
        Michael Young: A precaution. (he begins leaving the room)
        Rudolph Agnew: Michael. If this ever gets out, I shall have to deny all knowledge of it, and disown you. And I'll be nothing if not convincing.

      • Thabo Mbeki: We have this recurring nightmare, Mr. Young. That one day the South African government will send us a message indicating it's ready to talk to us about ending apartheid. Because of our antagonism and mistrust, we fail to hear the message – we fail to respond. We miss the moment.

    • NOTES (3)

      • Unlike most Masterpiece episodes, this movie did not begin its life on a British soundstage bound for television; it was produced as a theatrical film, shot on location in both South Africa and England.

        Its first screening was at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival, from whence it journeyed to a few of the European festivals. It made its television debut on UK's Channel 4 on May 4, 2009. This PBS premiere heralded a limited theatrical release state-side beginning October 30, 2009, as well as PBS offering the movie at their website from October 28-November 9, 2009.

      • Featured Music:
        "Low Life" by Scanners

      • David Tennant replaces Matthew Goode as the host of Masterpiece Contemporary with this episode.

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