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31 March 1991 (USA) See more »
Francis Urquhart is the chief whip of the Conservative party. When Margaret Thatcher resigns as leader... See more »
Won Primetime Emmy. Another 5 wins & 8 nominations See more »
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 (Series Cast [23])

Ian Richardson ... Francis Urquhart (4 episodes, 1990)

Susannah Harker ... Mattie Storin (4 episodes, 1990)

Miles Anderson ... Roger O'Neill (4 episodes, 1990)
Alphonsia Emmanuel ... Penny Guy (4 episodes, 1990)

Malcolm Tierney ... Patrick Woolton (4 episodes, 1990)
Diane Fletcher ... Elizabeth Urquhart (4 episodes, 1990)
Colin Jeavons ... Tim Stamper (4 episodes, 1990)
Damien Thomas ... 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)
James Villiers ... Charles Collingridge (3 episodes, 1990)
Isabelle Amyes ... Anne Collingridge (3 episodes, 1990)
John Hartley ... Greville Preston (3 episodes, 1990)

Nick Brimble ... Corder (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)

Series Directed by
Paul Seed (4 episodes, 1990)
Series Writing credits
Andrew Davies (4 episodes, 1990)
Michael Dobbs (4 episodes, 1990)

Series Produced by
Jeremy Gwilt .... associate producer (4 episodes, 1990)
Ken Riddington .... producer (4 episodes, 1990)
Series Original Music by
Jim Parker (4 episodes, 1990)
Series Cinematography by
Jim Fyans (4 episodes, 1990)
Ian Punter (4 episodes, 1990)
Series Film Editing by
Howard Billingham (4 episodes, 1990)
Series Production Design by
Ken Ledsham (4 episodes, 1990)
Series Costume Design by
Rosalind Ebbutt (4 episodes, 1990)
Series Makeup Department
Helen Barrett .... makeup designer (4 episodes, 1990)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nigel Taylor .... first assistant director (4 episodes, 1990)
Series Art Department
Chris Ferriday .... properties buyer (4 episodes, 1990)
Rosemary Turner .... graphic designer (4 episodes, 1990)
Series Sound Department
Gordon Lester .... film recordist (4 episodes, 1990)
Michael Narduzzo .... dubbing mixer (4 episodes, 1990)
Jonathan Rowdon .... dubbing editor (4 episodes, 1990)
Barrie Tharby .... film recordist (4 episodes, 1990)

Lionel Strutt .... adr mixer (unknown episodes)
Series Stunts
Tina Maskell .... stunts (1 episode, 1990)
Gareth Milne .... stunt arranger (1 episode, 1990)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Wood .... gaffer (4 episodes, 1990)
James Grimes .... grip (2 episodes, 1990)
Series Casting Department
Anne Henderson .... casting adviser (4 episodes, 1990)
Hayley Murt .... casting adviser (4 episodes, 1990)
Series Other crew
Ernest Armstrong .... political advisor (4 episodes, 1990)
Ellen Fraser .... script editor (4 episodes, 1990)
Katharine Gatt .... trainee production assistant (4 episodes, 1990)
Karen Jones .... production assistant (4 episodes, 1990)
Amanda Neal .... assistant floor manager (4 episodes, 1990)
Deborah Saban .... assistant floor manager (4 episodes, 1990)
Lesley Williams .... location manager (4 episodes, 1990)

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226 min (4 parts)

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By complete chance, the first BBC showing of the series exactly coincided with the real life Tory leadership contest and the removal from office of Margaret Thatcher.See more »
Francis Urquhart:She trusts me absolutely. I trust she does. And I, I trust her absolutely - to be absolutely human.See more »
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11 out of 13 people found the following review useful.
You might well think that, I couldn't possibly comment., 4 May 2005
Author: bombad_jedi from Nova Scotia, Canada

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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