Not having secured enough votes on the first ballot to retain the party leadership, Francis Urquhart plots to not only keep him in place as Prime Minister but to win the next general ... See full summary »

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Diane Fletcher ...
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Claire Carlsen
Nickolas Grace ...
David Henry ...
General Gough
Glyn Grain ...
Rayner
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Major Jardine
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Maria Passolides
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Erika Hoffman ...
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Dorothy Vernon ...
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Not having secured enough votes on the first ballot to retain the party leadership, Francis Urquhart plots to not only keep him in place as Prime Minister but to win the next general election. He is desperate to surpass Margaret Thatcher's length of service as PM and decides that to emulate her is likely the best approach: starting a war in Cyprus, his own little Falklands, as he describes it to his wife. It all goes very badly however and the PM's hold on power begins to slip. Claire Coulsen learns that there is a cost to playing both sides in any contest. In the end, it's left to Elizabeth Urqhart to come up with a solution that will ensure the PM's legacy for all time. Written by garykmcd

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26 November 1995 (UK)  »

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Francis Urquhart: Forest fires are commonplace in that area. I know it well. I propose that we start one and under the guise of putting the fire out your chaps can take the lodge and release the hostages.
General Gough: That is an extremely risky enterprise.
Francis Urquhart: I am aware of that. Can it be done?
General Gough: I don't recommend it, Prime Minister.
Francis Urquhart: Do it.
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