To Play the King: Season 1, Episode 4

Episode #1.4 (12 Dec. 1993)

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Francis Urquhart calls the election but the party is down 13 points in the polls and he will obviously have a hard slog ahead if he is to be reelected. A gas explosion in a block of flats ... See full summary »

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John Stroud
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Francis Urquhart calls the election but the party is down 13 points in the polls and he will obviously have a hard slog ahead if he is to be reelected. A gas explosion in a block of flats gives the King a platform to drive home his point about the need to invest more in housing and social services, but the PM also makes use of the opportunity to remind the King to stay out of politics. Party Chairman Tim Stamper is not very pleased that his old friend Urquhart won't promise him a senior Cabinet post should they win the election and he sets out to ruin him. As the Conservative party inches ever closer to being reelected, Urquhart must deal with Stamper and Sarah, both of whom have the evidence to bring him down. Written by garykmcd

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The flats that exploded are named "Corbusier House" after Le Corbusier, an architect whose urban planning ideas resulted in many of the concrete council housing towers like the one shown. They were built as innovative designs in the 1950s and 1960s, and by the 1970s were considered ugly and slums. See more »

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Francis Urquhart: The great beauty of conscription is that we'll be able to use 18 to 23 year olds to subdue their younger brothers in the inner cities and on those ghastly estates. And then we can think about exporting them. Use the British fighting man to redress the balance of trade.
Sarah Harding: You really mean that, don't you?
Francis Urquhart: Why not? After all nobody wants these young people. Not even their own parents! They have no skills, they have no education, they have no self discipline, they are utterly useless. Well we are ...
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