There were two series of this political thriller serial, the first in 1982 and the second in 1984. Although primarily a vehicle to show of the acting skills of Richard Griffiths (History Boys) it has a very strong supporting cast. You should not expect fantastic location shots as it wasn't big budget so it's mainly on set scenes.
My review : (3 stars) It does show its age and budget, but the acting is good especially in the first series. Richard Griffiths is one of those men who can carry his fatness very well and at times does look light on his feet. The story lines are pretty good but being at the very early days of personal computers it does again seem dated. Having said that I wasn't about to not to watch the whole thing pretty well through at one episode a night.
Details : 1982 & 1984 political thriller serial made for the BBC. A total of eight 50 minute episodes.
Episodes : 1-4 1982 Bird of Prey 1 and 5-8 1984 Bird of Prey 2