The Nearly Man was a UK TV series from the mid-1970s created by Arthur Hopcraft about a middle-class Labour MP. Originally screened on ITV on 4 August 1974, the series won the Broadcasting Press Guild award for the best single play on British television in 1974. The series was filmed in London by Granada Television, in black and white. Some episodes were directed by British director John Irvin. The main cast included Tony Britton as the lead character, Anne Firbank, John Leyton, and Ian McCulloch.
Arthur Hopcraft was a well-respected UK scriptwriter known for his adaptations of TV plays and novels. He won the Bafta writer's award in 1985, and is best known for TV miniseries including Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy (1979), Bleak House (1985), A Perfect Spy (1987) and A Tale of Two Cities (1989).