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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
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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
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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
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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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Roger O'Neill's habit of blowing his nose repeatedly is supposed to indicate that he is a heavy cocaine user. See more »

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[speaking to camera]
Francis Urquhart: I'm the Chief Whip. Merely a functionary. I keep the troops in line. I put a bit of stick about. I make 'em jump.
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You might well think that, I couldn't possibly comment.
4 May 2005 | by See all my reviews

That is one of the many great quotes from this film. Ian Richardson plays the character of Francis Urquhart for all it's worth, and the rest of the supporting cast is quite stellar. Paul Seed does a competent job of the direction, and has a good talent for photographing faces.

The way the Francis frequently comments (breaking the 3rd wall so to speak) encourages viewer participation, and I found myself agreeing with him, or even yelling at him during the course of the film.

If it ever comes on television, do yourself a favor and watch this one. It is long (clocks in at about 4 hours, 1 hour per episode), but it's certainly worth your while. I'm eagerly looking forward to the next part in the series, "To Play the King", which I've heard is just as good.


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