I will say that the article didn't mention When The Kissing Had To Stop for the simple reason that the programme I was reviewing didn't mention it at all. I suspect, on the back of a little Googling, that might have been down to its screen adaptation being half-missing from the archives. Everything else featured at least had some major clips to draw from, which that production might not have had.I missed both the programme and the article. I'll get to the programme eventually, but the article missed one TV series that was very much a dystopia - "When the kissing had to stop" based on the rather sensationalist book by Constantine Fitzgibbon, which effectively posited CND handing the country over to the Russians.
I haven't read the book in decades, but I remember the TV series very well. One element of it - the black clad armed police force marching through the streets was also parodied in a Two Ronnies sketch starring Diana Dors called 'The worm that turned'.
I don’t remember that bit.and moving closer to the USSR.
I may be getting the novel and TV adaptation mixed up. But, I do remember that as an alternative to the IMF bailout, which comes with lots of conditions, Perkins' Foreign Secretary negotiates a loan from the 'International State Bank of Moscow', without any preconditions.I don’t remember that bit.
Of course the IMF always adds preconditions. It's just the idea that the USSR would give a loan without any preconditions, that I think is implausible.To echo your line, I would argue that there is no such thing as 'no preconditions' when it comes to accepting money from the IMF.