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TV-14 | | Drama | TV Mini-Series (1990)
The schemes of a ruthlessly ambitious British politician who will stop at nothing to get to the top.
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Top Rated TV #161 | Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 5 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete series cast summary:
...  Francis Urquhart 4 episodes, 1990
...  Mattie Storin 4 episodes, 1990
...  Roger O'Neill 4 episodes, 1990
Alphonsia Emmanuel ...  Penny Guy 4 episodes, 1990
...  Patrick Woolton 4 episodes, 1990
Diane Fletcher ...  Elizabeth Urquhart 4 episodes, 1990
...  Tim Stamper 4 episodes, 1990
...  Michael Samuels 4 episodes, 1990
William Chubb ...  John Krajewski 4 episodes, 1990
Kenneth Gilbert ...  Harold Earle 4 episodes, 1990
Christopher Owen ...  McKenzie 4 episodes, 1990
David Lyon ...  Prime Minister Henry Collingridge 3 episodes, 1990
Kenny Ireland ...  Ben Landless 3 episodes, 1990
James Villiers ...  Charles Collingridge 3 episodes, 1990
Isabelle Amyes ...  Anne Collingridge 3 episodes, 1990
John Hartley ...  Greville Preston 3 episodes, 1990
Nicholas Selby ...  Lord Billsborough 2 episodes, 1990
Tommy Boyle ...  Stephen Kendrick 2 episodes, 1990
...  Sir Jasper Grainger 2 episodes, 1990
Richard Braine ...  Kevin Spence 2 episodes, 1990
Hugh Dickson ...  Dr. Andrew Christian 2 episodes, 1990
Angela Rippon ...  Newsreader 2 episodes, 1990
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Francis Urquhart is the Chief Whip of the Conservative Party. When Margaret Thatcher resigns as leader, he remains neutral and, after a general election in which the Conservatives are returned with a reduced majority, he fully expects the new Prime Minister, Henry Collingridge, to give him his just reward: a senior Cabinet post. When he's informed that he is to stay in his current position, he devises a plot to unseat Collingridge and ensure his own election as party leader which would make him Prime Minister. Written by garykmcd

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31 March 1991 (USA)  »

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Francis Urquhart's catchphrase "You might very well think that; but I couldn't possibly comment" (meaning "Yes, but I'll deny everything if challenged") has become part of the English political language. "Urquhart's Avoidance" is as widely known as real-life political euphemisms such as "he wants to spend more time with his family" ("he's been sacked or resigned in disgrace") and "he's been economical with the truth" ("he's told blatant lies to save his own skin"). See more »

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[repeated line]
Francis Urquhart: You might well think that. I couldn't possibly comment.
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Jacobean drama for the 1990s
10 January 2004 | by See all my reviews

Daniel Baker has mentioned echoes of Macbeth in HOC. One of the many clever things about it and its two sequels was the liberal use of quotations from Shakespeare and other dramatists of the period (I think I caught some from Middleton's "The Changeling").

After all, this really is Jacobean drama set in the 1990s!


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