Disreali begins his early career as a Conservative and marries the widow of his friend and mentor, 13 years his senior.




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Episode credited cast:
Queen Victoria
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Vass Anderson ...
Irish M.P.
Sir Robert Peel
John Carlisle ...
Maria Charles ...
Maria D'Israeli
Jeremy Clyde ...
Lord John Manners
Barrie Cookson ...
Lord Stanley
David Crosse ...
Clerk No. 1
Lord Lyndhurst
Sheridan Fitzgerald ...
Selina Forester
Ray Gatenby ...
Clerk No. 2
Garard Green ...
Lord President
Rosina Bulwer
Michael Howley ...
Clerk to the Council
Stephen Jack ...
Speaker No.1


With the support and patronage of his friends Wyndham and Mary Anne Lewis, Disraeli is finally elected to Parliament as a Conservative member. Although his maiden speech is less than successful he does make his presence known and slowly builds a positive reputation with his colleagues on both sides of the House. The death of his friend and fellow MP Wyndham Lewis brings much sadness but also brings an opportunity as he proposes to the now widowed - and wealthy - Mary Anne. Friends and family on both sides argue against the match but over time, Disraeli develops deep feelings for her and they proceed to marry. He is deeply disappointed however when the Prime Minister fails to offer him a Cabinet post. He is soon approached by other Conservative members who, like himself, want to see more progressive policy initiatives. Over many years he establishes himself as a natural leader but many traditionalists will not consider him for high office. Written by garykmcd

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8 June 1980 (USA)  »

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