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Episode #1.4 

Francis Urquhart announces his intention to seek the leadership of the Conservative Party and become Prime Minister. It's six days until the first ballot and Urquhart plots against his ... See full summary »

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Diane Fletcher ...
Alphonsia Emmanuel ...
Penny Guy
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Christopher Owen ...
McKenzie
Kenneth Gilbert ...
William Chubb ...
Vivienne Ritchie ...
Stephanie Woolton
Tommy Boyle ...
Stephen Kendrick
Eric Allan ...
Adrian Shepherd
Janis Winters ...
McKenzie's Assistant (as Jan Winters)
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Francis Urquhart announces his intention to seek the leadership of the Conservative Party and become Prime Minister. It's six days until the first ballot and Urquhart plots against his rivals. One by one, the minor candidates fall by the wayside - the Health Minister who has an accident; an MP who had an encounter on a train with a young man. He finishes second on the first ballot and has another week to deal with his main rivals, Patrick Woolton and Michael Samuels. Woolton gets tripped up by the recording of him in bed at the party conference and throws his support to Francis. Mattie Storin is keen on Urquhart's candidacy and he convinces her to stop digging in the other candidates' background. She finally puts two and two together however forcing Urquhart to take action. Written by garykmcd

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9 December 1990 (UK)  »

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Trivia

When Francis Urquhart says "If you can look into the seeds of time and say which grain will grow and which will not" he is quoting Banquo from Shakespeare's play Macbeth (Act 1, Scene 3). See more »

Goofs

When McKenzie gets out of the car (after it knocks down a man in a wheelchair) and gets hit in the face with an egg, he's wearing a different pair of glasses. See more »

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[last lines]
Francis Urquhart: No, I have nothing to say. No. No. Don't you see? I had to do it. How could I have trusted her? You might very well think that, I could not possibly comment.
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Featured in To Play the King: Episode #1.1 (1993) See more »

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