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Episode #1.1 

Francis Urquhart is the Conservative Party Chief Whip who keeps the party's Members of Parliament in line. The party has selected a new leader, Henry Collingridge, and at the general ... See full summary »

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Penny Guy
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Francis Urquhart is the Conservative Party Chief Whip who keeps the party's Members of Parliament in line. The party has selected a new leader, Henry Collingridge, and at the general election the government is returned with a reduced majority. Urquhart expects his proper reward - a senior Cabinet post - but is shocked when the Prime Minister tells him he's to stay where he is. Urquhart decides to exact his revenge. Using an ambitious young journalist, Mattie Storin, he plants rumors of dissension in party. Through the Party's PR expert Roger O'Neill - who has had his fingers in the till and developed a coke habit - he arranges for Opposition MPs to have access to Cabinet decisions making for an uncomfortable time in the House. Finally, he lays the foundation for a money scandal. Written by garykmcd

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18 November 1990 (UK)  »

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The episode opens with the speculative replacement of Margaret Thatcher as Prime Minister. It was broadcast just 10 days before Thatcher was actually replaced by John Major. See more »

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Francis Urquhart: £22,370 in the last ten months, I make it. Here we are.
[passes a piece of paper to Roger]
Francis Urquhart: Have a look at the figures. Might be slightly out, but not by more than a tenner or so. Bit steep for a few lunches, wouldn't you say?
Roger O'Neill: It's all...
[sneezes twice]
Francis Urquhart: Cocaine is awfully expensive stuff, isn't it? Is it worth it? They say it makes a good man brilliant. If that's so, you must be a genius.
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