I first watched this mini-series on British TV some years ago, and found it riveting. Having since enjoyed the film "The American President" and the entire West Wing series, I think Washington Behind Closed Doors was the first of these political dramas, showing the behind the scenes jockeying for position, power and privilege. But it was shown at a time just before most of us in the West began to doubt and mistrust most of our political "leaders", so it was in some ways quite shocking at the time. But it was also funny, sometimes hilariously so. Nicholas Pryor springs immediately to mind as a young man desperate to climb the greasy political pole, but a man also greatly lacking in confidence, someone who would behave as though he were a lord of creation when things were going well for him, but who disintegrated into a wimpish, snivelling, sweating wreck when he saw his golden future disappearing in front of his eyes. It is a truly great performance. Robert Vaughn,in full Machiavellian mode,usually cut him down to size in no time at all, browbeating, intimidating and blackmailing everyone into following his instructions, and a first rate job he made of it, too.
Jason Robards made a wonderfully shifty, devious and underhand President. Cliff Robertson and Stefanie Powers were also in the cast, along with a dark-haired actress with hypnotically blue eyes, name of Meg, but I can't remember whether that was her character's name, or the first name of the actress playing her. I believe I read somewhere that she had been auditioned for one of the lead parts in "Cagney and Lacey", and was in fact in the pilot of that show, but subsequently replaced for the series. I have forgotten many of the plot twists, as it is now so many years since I saw Washington Behind Closed Doors on TV, and I am really looking forward to getting the DVD and enjoying it once again. Cassandra