The Last King (2003)
"Charles II: The Power & the Passion" (original title)

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The chronicle of Charles II's time on the throne, his 10 year exile from Oliver Cromwell's England, and his triumphant return.

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Series cast summary:
 Charles II (4 episodes, 2003)
 James, Duke of York (4 episodes, 2003)
 James, Duke of Monmouth (4 episodes, 2003)
 Catharine of Braganza (4 episodes, 2003)
 Lord Shaftesbury (4 episodes, 2003)
 Ormonde (3 episodes, 2003)
 Anne Hyde (3 episodes, 2003)
Robert East ...
 Arlington (3 episodes, 2003)
Dorian Lough ...
 Clifford (3 episodes, 2003)
 Sir Edward Hyde (2 episodes, 2003)
 Captain (2 episodes, 2003)
 Queen Henrietta Maria (2 episodes, 2003)
 Rochester (2 episodes, 2003)
 Earl of Danby (2 episodes, 2003)
Nick Bagnall ...
 Hopkins (2 episodes, 2003)
 Louise de Kéroualle (2 episodes, 2003)
 MP #1 (2 episodes, 2003)
Jochum ten Haaf ...
 William of Orange (2 episodes, 2003)


The focus of King Charles II is his court, his squabbling family and his glamorous mistresses - from the high-born and promiscuous Barbara Villiers through folk heroine and sex symbol of the day Nell Gwynne to the French spy Louise de Keroualle. It is an original take on a historical period written by award-winning screenwriter Adrian Hodges, whose credits include David Copperfield and The Lost World, which penetrates to the heart of the charismatic monarch who was deeply traumatised by the execution of his father. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

21 March 2004 (USA)  »

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The Last King  »

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Shirley Henderson's elaborate hairstyle for Catherine's arrival initially took two hours to create. See more »


Just before the sequence concerning the smallpox epidemic, we get a brief look at The King's upper right arm and can clearly see a smallpox vaccination scar. See more »


[speaking to Monmouth]
George Villiers, Duke of Buckingham: Wait here to be arrested, or make your peace with the King... if you can.
George Villiers, Duke of Buckingham: For my part I am weary of Whitehall, I have neglected my wife these past twenty years. It is time I went home.
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23 April 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

I have got this film on DVD and have watched it so many times that I know most of the words. The continuously gorgeous Rufus Sewell plays the king himself. He plays the part to perfection. He shows the audience the trauma of decision making for a king can be, trying to please all people and all religions, while trying to please his own family and court/ministers plus dealing with huge problems like money and religion.

Helen Mcrory (Barbra Villiers) plays her character VERY VERY well. She is cunning and conniving towards the queen, it shows that she (and other women) can easily make the king fold through being a woman, which of course is not expected in Kings.

The film does tend to focus on his mistresses and sex life, however this is the entire idea of the story, if you want a film about what life in general was like around this time then research it. The whole idea of this story was to try to understand his emotions, seeing what made him tick, trying to view Charles as a person rather than a king.

It does skip a couple of scenes but obviously what the directors have skipped is not important, you have to just guess that time has moved on and so have people around Charles. Or the imagination is up to you I suppose. Its definitely worth watching this film and a good choice to buy this film.

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