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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 Charles II (4 episodes, 2003)
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 James, Duke of York (4 episodes, 2003)
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 James, Duke of Monmouth (4 episodes, 2003)
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 Catharine of Braganza (4 episodes, 2003)
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 Ormonde (3 episodes, 2003)
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 Arlington (3 episodes, 2003)
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 Clifford (3 episodes, 2003)
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 Sir Edward Hyde (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Captain (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Queen Henrietta Maria (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Rochester (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Earl of Danby (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Hopkins (2 episodes, 2003)
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 Louise de Kéroualle (2 episodes, 2003)
Albert Welling ...
 MP #1 (2 episodes, 2003)
Jochum ten Haaf ...
 William of Orange (2 episodes, 2003)
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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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Shirley Henderson's elaborate hairstyle for Catherine's arrival initially took two hours to create. See more »

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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 »

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King Charles II: It's all been for nothing, Nell. The cause that gave my life meaning, will die with me. I fought to restore everything that was lost when my father was murdered but James will destroy it all. I know that, I've always known that.
Nell Gwynn: Then why did you fight so hard for him?
King Charles II: Not for him, for the principle. For the rights of Kings. Parliament will have its victory in the end.
Nell Gwynn: You know what I think about politics; it's all a lot of foolish men scheming to ruin each other for no reason anyone can ...
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Terrific movie
27 March 2004 | by See all my reviews

I've watched this twice now, since A&E has been broadcasting the show this weekend under the title "The Last King" -- presumably because American audiences can't be expected to know or care who Charles II is.

Anyway, I don't understand the earler negative review at all. Hard to believe we watched the same show. The one I watched is a fantastic, very human, extraordinarily well-acted, and surprisingly faithful period piece.

While the acting in general is at a very high level (special props to the actress who played Lady Castlemaine), Rufus Sewell is simply remarkable. He communicates intelligence, self-indulgence, simple human decency and moments of power and passion wonderfully well. A terrific performance. I suppose because of his dark, somewhat moody good looks he only gets cast as bad guys by Hollywood (Helen of Troy, A Knight's Tale), but he deserves better.

Two thumbs up!


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