To Play the King: Season 1, Episode 1

Episode #1.1 (21 Nov. 1993)

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Frances Urquhart is now Prime Minister and is somewhat haunted by what he has done in the past. A newly crowned King presents him with more of a challenge that he may have expected. The ... See full summary »



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Kitty Aldridge ...
Sarah Harding
Colin Jeavons ...
Diane Fletcher ...
Erika Hoffman ...
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Tom Beasley ...
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Leonard Preston ...
John Stroud
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Michael Howarth ...
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Merelina Kendall ...
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Barry Linehan ...
Henry Hotson
Princess Charlotte


Frances Urquhart is now Prime Minister and is somewhat haunted by what he has done in the past. A newly crowned King presents him with more of a challenge that he may have expected. The King has a conscience and to Urquhart's distress, wants to 'make a contribution'. Urquhart doesn't stand by idly and the King's interest in a major urban renewal project means curtains for the Environment Secretary who proposed it. Meanwhile, the PM hires a new political adviser Sarah Harding and his right-hand man, Tim Stamper, puts into motion an insurance policy of sorts they've developed by co-opting a member of the Royal family, Princess Charlotte. The King's refusal to change a speech where he is seemingly at odds with the government sets the wheels of his destruction in motion. Written by garykmcd

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Tim Stamper: Do we need opinion pollsters? That's what you are, isn't it?
Sarah Harding: People seem to think I'm worth the money.
Tim Stamper: You get the answers wrong, don't you?
Sarah Harding: I can get you any answers you like, Mr. Stamper. That's why I'm in such demand.
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Nice start into "To play the king"
5 July 2014 | by (Germany) – See all my reviews

So, first of all: I am from Germany. So in my following review could be some grammar mistakes. I apologize for that.

Three years after "House of Cards". Frances Urquhart is now Prime Minister with lot of power. But the new king wants other things than Urquhart... and yes, Frances is not very happy with that.

With the first episode "To play the king" starts great into a new miniseries. The first episode is focused on the new characters and how Frances plays with them. I think we will see much more drama in this miniseries, because Frances is haunted by the past and this shows that even Urquhart is vulnerable. Its a strong, great first episode. And the "direct to camera" moments are so good, interesting and sometimes even funny.

The production values are just great (like "House of Cards"). The actors, the script, the directing. Everything fits perfectly.

I can recommend the show to everyone who likes the first Urquhart- miniseries and i will definitely watch the other episodes.

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