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 Francis Urquhart (4 episodes, 1990)
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 Mattie Storin (4 episodes, 1990)
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 Roger O'Neill (4 episodes, 1990)
Alphonsia Emmanuel ...
 Penny Guy (4 episodes, 1990)
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 Patrick Woolton (4 episodes, 1990)
Diane Fletcher ...
 Elizabeth Urquhart (4 episodes, 1990)
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 Tim Stamper (4 episodes, 1990)
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 Michael Samuels (4 episodes, 1990)
William Chubb ...
 John Krajewski (4 episodes, 1990)
Kenneth Gilbert ...
 Harold Earle (4 episodes, 1990)
Christopher Owen ...
 McKenzie (4 episodes, 1990)
David Lyon ...
 Prime Minister Henry Collingridge (3 episodes, 1990)
Kenny Ireland ...
 Ben Landless (3 episodes, 1990)
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 Charles Collingridge (3 episodes, 1990)
Isabelle Amyes ...
 Anne Collingridge (3 episodes, 1990)
John Hartley ...
 Greville Preston (3 episodes, 1990)
Nicholas Selby ...
 Lord Billsborough (2 episodes, 1990)
Tommy Boyle ...
 Stephen Kendrick (2 episodes, 1990)
John Arnatt ...
 Sir Jasper Grainger (2 episodes, 1990)
Richard Braine ...
 Kevin Spence (2 episodes, 1990)
Hugh Dickson ...
 Dr. Andrew Christian (2 episodes, 1990)
Angela Rippon ...
 Newsreader (2 episodes, 1990)
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Francis Urquhart is the chief whip of the Conservative party. When Margaret Thatcher resigns as leader, he remains neutral and after a general election where the conservatives are returned with a reduced majority, he fully expects the new Prime Minister, Henry Collingridge, to give him his just reward: a senior Cabinet post. When he's informed that he is to stay in his current position, he devises a plot to unseat Collingridge and ensure his own election as party leader which would make him Prime Minister. Written by garykmcd

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31 March 1991 (USA)  »

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Ein Kartenhaus  »

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Ian Richardson said he based his performance of the scheming Francis Urquhart on the way Shakespeare portrayed Richard III. See more »

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Francis Urquhart: She trusts me absolutely. I trust she does. And I, I trust her absolutely - to be absolutely human.
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Referenced in Hogfather (2006) See more »

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You might well think that, I couldn't possibly comment.
4 May 2005 | by (Nova Scotia, Canada) – See all my reviews

That is one of the many great quotes from this film. Ian Richardson plays the character of Francis Urquhart for all it's worth, and the rest of the supporting cast is quite stellar. Paul Seed does a competent job of the direction, and has a good talent for photographing faces.

The way the Francis frequently comments (breaking the 3rd wall so to speak) encourages viewer participation, and I found myself agreeing with him, or even yelling at him during the course of the film.

If it ever comes on television, do yourself a favor and watch this one. It is long (clocks in at about 4 hours, 1 hour per episode), but it's certainly worth your while. I'm eagerly looking forward to the next part in the series, "To Play the King", which I've heard is just as good.


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