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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Kitty Aldridge ...
Sarah Harding
Colin Jeavons ...
Diane Fletcher ...
Erika Hoffman ...
The Lady
Tom Beasley ...
Young Prince
Leonard Preston ...
John Stroud
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Chloe Carmichael
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Michael Howarth ...
Dick Caule
Merelina Kendall ...
Hilda Cordwainer
Barry Linehan ...
Henry Hotson
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Bernice Stegers ...
Princess Charlotte
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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 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: Go to Strasbourg, do not pass Go, do not collect £200 and don't bloody well come back.
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