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Season: 1
Year: 1993


Season 1


Season 1, Episode 1: Episode #1.1

21 November 1993
Frances Urquhart is now Prime Minister and is somewhat haunted by what he has done in the past. A newly crowned King presents him with more of a challenge that he may have expected. The King has a conscience and to Urquhart's distress, wants to 'make a contribution'. Urquhart doesn't stand by idly and the King's interest in a major urban renewal project means curtains for the Environment Secretary who proposed it. Meanwhile, the PM hires a new political adviser Sarah Harding and his right-hand man, Tim Stamper, puts into motion an insurance policy of sorts they've developed by co-opting a member of the Royal family, Princess Charlotte. The King's refusal to change a speech where he is seemingly at odds with the government sets the wheels of his destruction in motion.

Season 1, Episode 2: Episode #1.2

28 November 1993
In his ongoing battle with the King, Urquhart decides to call an election and has senior party members and his new adviser Sarah Harding spend the weekend at Chequers. He names Chief Whip Tim Stamper party chairman but is somewhat reticent at making any post-election promises. The King also decides to go on the offensive and plans a television documentary where he will again push his views on the need for a compassionate, caring society. Sarah arranges for a poll favorable to the government. Having separated from his wife, the King's chief of staff and press secretary, David Mycroft, has found new interests in the form of a handsome man. Walking down the street alone, Sarah is accosted and told to ask the PM about Mattie Storin.

Season 1, Episode 3: Episode #1.3

5 December 1993
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.

Season 1, Episode 4: Episode #1.4

12 December 1993
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.

Ian Richardson ... Francis Urquhart

Michael Kitchen ... The King
Kitty Aldridge ... Sarah Harding
Colin Jeavons ... Tim Stamper
Diane Fletcher ... Elizabeth Urquhart

Nicholas Farrell ... David Mycroft

Rowena King ... Chloe Carmichael
Leonard Preston ... John Stroud
Jack Fortune ... Ken Charterhouse
Erika Hoffman ... The Lady

Nick Brimble ... Corder
Richard Howard ... John Sarkey

Richard Durden ... BBC Official
Kate Ricketts ... Current Affairs Lady
Geoffrey McGivern ... Bill Rochester
Adam Bareham ... Interviewer
John Paul Connolly ... Sturdy Beggar
Soo Drouet ... Big Woman

Don Warrington ... Graham Gaunt
Angus Kennedy ... Reporter
Stan Finni ... Chloe's Pet (as Stanley Finni)
Declan Skeete ... New Rasta
Julian Harries ... Para Officer
Tom Karol ... Television Presenter
Prudence Rennick ... Mayoress
Lawrence Werber ... Returning Officer
Tom Beasley ... Young King

Susannah Harker ... Mattie Storin (archive footage)

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