King Charles II suddenly falls ill and dies within a few days. He converts to Roman Catholicism on his deathbed and his brother James becomes King. The new King, a Roman Catholic, manages ... See full summary »

Director:

David Giles

Writers:

Winston Churchill (book), Donald Wilson

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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
John Neville ... John Churchill
Susan Hampshire ... Sarah Churchill
James Villiers ... Charles II
Margaret Tyzack ... Princess Anne
John Standing ... Sidney Godolphin
John Westbrook ... James, Duke of York
James Kerry ... James, Duke of Monmouth
Roger Mutton Roger Mutton ... George of Denmark
Sheila Gish ... Mary, Duchess of York
Kay Patrick Kay Patrick ... Henrietta Wentworth
Lisa Daniely ... Princess Mary
Alan Rowe Alan Rowe ... William, Prince of Orange
John Ringham ... Laurence Hyde, Lord Rochester
Michael Culver ... Charles Churchill
Austin Trevor ... Lord Halifax
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King Charles II suddenly falls ill and dies within a few days. He converts to Roman Catholicism on his deathbed and his brother James becomes King. The new King, a Roman Catholic, manages to calm all fears by expressing his undying support and protection of the Church of England, despite his personal beliefs. He writes to his son-in-law the Prince of Orange and asks him to expel from the Netherlands the Duke of Monmouth, the late King's illegitimate son who has his own aspirations to the throne. The new King also names Churchill a Baron of the English peerage. Monmouth lands in Dorset and proclaims his uncle James to be a Papist and a false King. He begins recruiting an army and with several of his supporters, declares war. King James II asks Churchill to lead an army against his nephew but decides to put someone in command above him when he is reminded that Churchill and Monmouth were once close friends. Brilliant General that he is, Churchill defeats him leaving Monmouth to beg King... Written by garykmcd

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TV-Y
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Release Date:

7 February 1971 (USA) See more »

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