Nixon's The One
Pilot Comedy-drama starring Harry Shearer (This is Spinal Tap, The Simpsons) as Nixon. This is a verbatim account of Nixon's time in the Oval office, based on more than 198 hours of recordings made between February 1971 and 1973.
This brilliant series is a fascinating account of his controversial and often farcical time in office. Also stars Henry Goodman as Henry Kissinger. Series 1 Following the successful one-off comedy-drama as part of Sky Arts' Playhouse Presents… series, Harry Shearer reprises his role as President 'I'm Not a Crook' Nixon for a new five-part series chronicling the extraordinary, funny, spooky conversations that took place in the White House during his time in office.
With the late Sir David Frost introducing each episode, the series continues the candid, goofy accounts of what went on behind closed doors of the then-most powerful man in the world. In 1971, Nixon installed a hidden system to record his meetings in the Oval Office in the hope this would protect his presidency from revisionist accounts of his tenure. The remarkable tapes reveal his sometimes controversial, homophobic and racist comments, as well as his struggle with growing public unrest, his waning popularity and his impassioned views on everything from movies to religion.
The shows are based verbatim on these conversations, and shot as if he had hidden not just microphones, but cameras in the White House. In this exact reconstruction of the Oval Office, we see Henry Kissinger (Henry Goodman - Assassins, Damned United) and Nixon in a bizarre dance between user and used, a series of conversations which mix mutual respect and mutual suspicion.