2003 TV Drama (since released commercially by HBO in 2007) about the "deal" supposedly struck between UsefulNotes/TonyBlair and UsefulNotes/GordonBrown over the Labour leadership before Labour's landslide election victory under Blair. As far as is suggested in the film, Brown thought he had Blair's guarantee that if the two of them came into competition over the Labour leadership, Blair would back down - and when this did not happen, another deal was made where Blair would at least stand aside to allow Brown to lead the Labour government after his own first term. Blair, as it turns out, [[ILied doesn't see either agreement quite the same way as Brown]].

Following the success of ''Film/TheQueen'', by the same writer/producer team (Stephen Frears and Peter Morgan) and also featuring Creator/MichaelSheen (''Film/{{Underworld}}'') as Blair, now marketed as a prequel to ''Film/TheQueen'', or as the first installment in the "Blair Trilogy", to feature ''The Deal'', ''Film/TheQueen'' and the 2010 release ''The Special Relationship''.

Expect large-ish amounts of mostly remarkably unpretty HoYay, generally unflattering angles on nearly everyone involved, and Blair showing at the very least a ruthless pragmatic look-out for his own future power above other considerations.

Has nothing to do with the [[Film/TheDeal2008 2008 film about the movie business]].


!!This film contains examples of:

* BasedOnATrueStory
* {{Bishonen}}: Paul Rhys' UsefulNotes/PeterMandelson, once he gets rid of that mustache.
* TheCharmer: Blair.
* CainAndAbel: Well, more like Jacob and Esau, but you get the picture.
* DeadpanSnarker: UsefulNotes/GordonBrown, John Smith, Charlie Whelan. And occasionally, UsefulNotes/TonyBlair. E.g. after a phone interview with a journalist, having insisted that no, Labour are not at all dejected after their latest electoral defeat:
--> (Putting down the phone) And why? Because we're all on extremely powerful anti-depressants.
* {{Determinator}}: Subverted by the number of ways this does not work out for Brown.
* DysfunctionJunction: New Labour - also implied for Westminster in general.
* EnigmaticMinion, with some WildCard thrown in: Mandelson, through from the UsefulNotes/GordonBrown point of view he's at best in LovableTraitor territory.
* EtTuBrute: What Brown thinks of Blair and Mandelson.
* HannibalLecture: Mandelson to Brown, ending on:
--> Politics is not always about higher matters. Sometimes it is about the ugly business of making friends. [Pointedly] ''Keeping'' friends. Being liked.
* HeroWithBadPublicity: How Brown seems to see himself.
* HeyItsThatGuy: The [[TheNthDoctor Next Doctor]] is UsefulNotes/GordonBrown! [[Series/PressGang Spike]] is Charlie Whelan! UsefulNotes/TonyBlair is a [[Film/{{Underworld}} werewolf]] AND a [[Literature/{{Twilight}} vampire!]]
* IAmVeryBritish: One of the ways in which Brown sees Blair as morally lacking.
* IDontLikeTheSoundOfThatPlace: UsefulNotes/GordonBrown manages to make "Islington" sound like a serious obscenity.
* LadyMacbeth: Cherie Blair, on her rare appearances; otherwise covered by UsefulNotes/PeterMandelson, with extra {{Wangst}} about the KingmakerScenario.
* MarriedToTheJob: UsefulNotes/GordonBrown. (The time span of the film pre-dates his marriage.)
* NiceGuy: John Smith. [[spoiler: He dies]].
* NotGoodWithPeople: UsefulNotes/GordonBrown.
* NoTrueScotsman: Literally. Brown rejects Blair's claims to be Scottish ("Just because you're born in a stable doesn't make you a horse"). And that's while he still kind of likes him.
--> Yer English. The way you stand. The way you talk. It's quite possibly your biggest strength.
* OnlySaneMan: How just about every single character sees himself.
* PerpetualFrowner: Brown, though this may be a mercy given TheUnSmile he later unleashed.
* PerpetualSmiler: Blair, with swerves into StepfordSmiler and SmugSmiler, occasionally verging on CheshireCatGrin and generally getting [[MoreTeethThanTheOsmondFamily a bit much]].
* PresentDayPast: Having only a small TV budget means most of the cars seen in the background are early 00's models even in scenes set as far back as 1983.
* PunctuatedForEmphasis / NoIndoorVoice: Brown on a bad day. "IS IT TRUE?" "WAS IT MANDELSON?" "WE! HAD! AN AGREEMENT!"
* RivalTurnedEvil: How Brown and Blair end up viewing each other.
* ShoutOut: To ''Film/ButchCassidyAndTheSundanceKid'': "Much of what follows is true".
* SissyVillain: Whelan's view of Mandelson: "That man [[UnusualDysphemism smells of vanilla"]].
* StockFootage: of the real MargaretThatcher, Labour leaders John Smith and Neil Kinnock, and various future New Labour ministers. And Alastair [[Series/TheThickOfIt Not Remotely Like Malcolm Tucker]] Campbell. Fun can be had by figuring out who isn't going to turn up as a character due to the use of actual footage of the real person.
* {{Tsundere}}: UsefulNotes/GordonBrown as a male version, with the emphasis increasingly on the "tsun".
* VillainWithGoodPublicity: How Brown ends up seeing Blair.
* WeaselWords: Played straightish and then subverted:
--> '''Mandelson''': Lately there have been... presentational difficulties.
--> '''Brown''': Oh yeah? And what is that, PR for being Scottish?
--> '''Mandelson''': It means you ''alienate'' people, Gordon.
* YouWouldntLikeMeWhenImAngry: They don't.