Bonteen offers his protection to Lady Eustace, who is being abused and extorted by Emilius and manages to lose the support of Plantagenet for the Chancellor's job.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Susan Hampshire ...
Philip Latham ...
Mr. Bonteen
June Whitfield ...
Mrs. Bonteen
Barbara Murray ...
Laura Kennedy
Sarah Badel ...
Anthony Ainley ...
Rev. Emilius
Jeremy Clyde ...
Gerard Maule
Jo Kendall ...
Adelaide Palliser
Moray Watson ...
Donald Pickering ...


Lady Eustace seeks the help of Bonteen as Reverend Emilius has ceased practicing his vocation and is extorting money from her. When she refuses to sign over additional funds, he locks her in her room. She escapes with some tied bedsheets, and Bonteen offers her the protection of his home and legal advice despite a decided lack of enthusiastic support from his wife. Confidant that he will succeed Plantagenet to the post of Chancellor of the Exchequer Bonteen makes some inappropriate comments that ultimately turn Palliser and St. Bungay against him. Bonteen also is unrelenting in his dislike of Finn and works to deny him even a junior cabinet post despite the Pallisers efforts on his behalf. Now considered insane, Kennedy is confined to his Scottish castle which frees Laura and her father to return to England, but Slide continues to print innuendos questioning his character. Glencara tries to play matchmaker to Adelaide Palliser, a distant cousin of Planty, and introduces her to Lord ... Written by

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4 May 1974 (UK)  »

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The Wedding March
Music by Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
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