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Despite his pleas to the King to avoid a constitutional crisis and not publicly express his personal views, the King refuses and Urquhart decides to destroy him. As planned, the King goes ... See full summary »

Director:

Paul Seed

Writers:

Michael Dobbs (novel), Andrew Davies (screenplay)
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Cast

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
Bernice Stegers ... Princess Charlotte
John Bird John Bird ... Bryan Brynford-Jones
David Ryall ... Sir Bruce Bullerby
Leonard Preston Leonard Preston ... John Stroud
Jack Fortune Jack Fortune ... Ken Charterhouse
Frederick Treves ... Lord Quillington
Anthony Smee Anthony Smee ... John Staines
Pip Torrens ... Andrew Harding
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Storyline

Despite his pleas to the King to avoid a constitutional crisis and not publicly express his personal views, the King refuses and Urquhart decides to destroy him. As planned, the King goes on television and the program is seen as a clear attack on the government. Urqhart has seriously underestimated the King's influence and the party finds itself falling in the polls. Princess Charlotte begins dictating her memoirs and also sleeping with publisher Sir Bruce Bullerby. She has a lot to tell about the Royal Family. When a conservative MP, John Staines, is arrested by the police for child molestation, David Mycroft is worried that his own lifestyle choice - which does not include underage minors - will become public and embarrass the King. Sarah gets a threatening phone call and meets Mattie Storin's friend John Krajewski to find out what he thinks really happened to her. Written by garykmcd

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

TV-Y
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Release Date:

5 December 1993 (UK) See more »

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When Harding and Krajewski are talking on the bus, he tells her that FU killed Roger O'Neill by putting rat poison in his cocaine, then says that he can't prove it because "all [of] Mattie's tapes were stolen". But the only copy of the tape where FU mentions the rat poison, was in the tape recorder that Mattie had on her when FU threw her off the roof garden. How would Krajewski know this? See more »

Quotes

Francis Urquhart: Tim Stamper is not the world's most brilliant judge of character and he's running out of luck. If any of this dirt sticks Stamper, I'll drop him like a hot brick. In some ways it might be a very good thing. The way the tide's running against us we could do with a scapegoat.
Sarah Harding: I thought he was your oldest friend.
Francis Urquhart: He is.
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