Disraeli: Portrait of a Romantic: Season 1, Episode 4

The Chief 1872-1881 (22 Jun. 1980)
"Disraeli" The Chief 1872-1881 (original title)

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Disreali leads Britain as Prime minister and favorite of the Queen as he protects British interests in the Suez Canal and the Balkans.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Rosemary Leach ...
Brewster Mason ...
Prince Bismarck
David de Keyser ...
David Wood ...
John Gregg ...
Lady Bradford
Frances Bennett ...
Lady Chesterfield
John Carlisle ...
Jeremy Clyde ...
Brendan Barry ...
Patrick Drury ...
Montagu Curry
Peter Hughes ...
Philip Rose
Peter Miles ...
Trevor T. Smith ...
Count Schouvaloff


With the death of his beloved Mary Anne, Disraeli is forced to relocate to town and live in a hotel - the house they had shared for 30 years was willed to her by her first husband, but only for her lifetime - but he soon finds himself leading the Conservatives in a general election that they own in a landslide. He finally gets to implement many of the policies that he has cherished include new laws on housing, employment, unions and voting rights. The British government buys a major stake in the Suez Canal heeding advise he had once been given that if not bought, it would eventually have to be taken in war. Late in his career he finally accepts that he no longer has the energy to continue the battles of the House of Commons and accepts the Queen's often-made offer of a peerage. He continues to go against the grain supporting the Turks as a buffer against the expansionist Russians when almost the entirety of Europe felt the need to restrain the non-Christian hordes, eventually ... Written by garykmcd

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