Disreali rises to power in the Coservative Party and builds a close relationship with the Queen as Mary Anne's health begins to deteriorate.


Claude Whatham


David Butler


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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ian McShane ... Benjamin Disraeli
Mary Peach ... Mary Anne
Rosemary Leach ... Queen Victoria
Brewster Mason ... Chancellor Bismarck
David de Keyser David de Keyser ... Baron de Rothschild
David Wood ... Lord Derby
John Gregg John Gregg ... Lord Salisbury
Frances Bennett ... Lady Chesterfield
John Carlisle John Carlisle ... W.E. Gladstone
Jeremy Clyde Jeremy Clyde ... Lord John Manners
Brett Usher Brett Usher ... Lord Lytton
Barrie Cookson Barrie Cookson ... Lord Derby (as Barry Cookson)
Jeremy Longhurst Jeremy Longhurst ... Prince Albert
Penelope Lee Penelope Lee ... Mrs. Gladstone
Jane Lowe Jane Lowe ... Charlotte de Rothschild


Disraeli's stature in the party continues to grow and he manages to gain the favor of Queen Victoria and her consort Prince Albert. The Great Game - politics - continues to be Disraeli's great passion, whether he finds himself in or out of government. His great foe, the Liberals' Gladstone, proves to be a staunch and unwavering opponent who, despite the similarity of their views, is unprepared to work with Disraeli on issues in which they share similar opinions. His marriage to Mary Anne grows ever more loving and they form a great partnership. Mary Anne is not well however and their days together may be numbered. Written by garykmcd

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15 June 1980 (USA) See more »

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