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Francis Urquhart calls the election but the party is down 13 points in the polls and he will obviously have a hard slog ahead if he is to be reelected. A gas explosion in a block of flats ... See full summary »

Director:

Paul Seed

Writers:

Michael Dobbs (novel), Andrew Davies (screenplay)
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ian Richardson ... Francis Urquhart
Michael Kitchen ... The King
Kitty Aldridge ... Sarah Harding
Colin Jeavons ... Tim Stamper
Diane Fletcher Diane Fletcher ... Elizabeth Urquhart
Nicholas Farrell ... David Mycroft
Rowena King ... Chloe Carmichael
Leonard Preston Leonard Preston ... John Stroud
Jack Fortune Jack Fortune ... Ken Charterhouse
Erika Hoffman Erika Hoffman ... The Lady
Nick Brimble ... Corder
Richard Howard Richard Howard ... John Sarkey
Richard Durden ... BBC Official
Kate Ricketts Kate Ricketts ... Current Affairs Lady
Geoffrey McGivern Geoffrey McGivern ... Bill Rochester
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Storyline

Francis Urquhart calls the election but the party is down 13 points in the polls and he will obviously have a hard slog ahead if he is to be reelected. A gas explosion in a block of flats gives the King a platform to drive home his point about the need to invest more in housing and social services, but the PM also makes use of the opportunity to remind the King to stay out of politics. Party Chairman Tim Stamper is not very pleased that his old friend Urquhart won't promise him a senior Cabinet post should they win the election and he sets out to ruin him. As the Conservative party inches ever closer to being reelected, Urquhart must deal with Stamper and Sarah, both of whom have the evidence to bring him down. Written by garykmcd

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

TV-Y
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Release Date:

12 December 1993 (UK) See more »

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The writer Michael Dobbs was born on the same day as Prince Charles. See more »

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Francis Urquhart: You represent one talentless and discredited family and very soon you won't represent even that. You will represent nothing. You will mean nothing. You will be nothing.
The King: Well, we'll see. I spent my whole life preparing to be King.
Francis Urquhart: I feel no compunction, sir. You tried to destroy me.
The King: No I didn't want to destroy you, man. You wanted to destroy the monarchy.
Francis Urquhart: Not at all, sir! Don't you understand what I'm telling you? I have no wish to. It is you I want to destroy, not the monarchy. My family came ...
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