The chronicle of Charles II's time on the throne, his ten-year exile from Oliver Cromwell's England, and his triumphant return.
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 4 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Rufus Sewell ...  Charles II 4 episodes, 2003
Rupert Graves ...  George Villiers, Duke of Buckingham 4 episodes, 2003
Charlie Creed-Miles ...  James, Duke of York 4 episodes, 2003
Christian Coulson ...  James, Duke of Monmouth 4 episodes, 2003
Shirley Henderson ...  Catharine of Braganza 4 episodes, 2003
Martin Freeman ...  Lord Shaftesbury 4 episodes, 2003
Helen McCrory ...  Barbara Villiers, Countess of Castlemaine 4 episodes, 2003
Peter Wight ...  Ormonde 3 episodes, 2003
Tabitha Wady Tabitha Wady ...  Anne Hyde 3 episodes, 2003
Robert East ...  Arlington 3 episodes, 2003
Dorian Lough ...  Clifford 3 episodes, 2003
Ian McDiarmid ...  Sir Edward Hyde 2 episodes, 2003
Graham McTavish ...  Captain 2 episodes, 2003
Diana Rigg ...  Queen Henrietta Maria 2 episodes, 2003
Robert Cavanah ...  Rochester 2 episodes, 2003
Shaun Dingwall ...  Earl of Danby 2 episodes, 2003
Nick Bagnall Nick Bagnall ...  Hopkins 2 episodes, 2003
Mélanie Thierry ...  Louise de Kéroualle 2 episodes, 2003
Albert Welling ...  MP #1 2 episodes, 2003
Jochum ten Haaf ...  William of Orange 2 episodes, 2003
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The focus of King Charles II (Rufus Sewell) is his court, his squabbling family and his glamorous mistresses - from the high-born and promiscuous Barbara Villiers, Countess of Castlemaine (Helen McCrory), through folk heroine and sex symbol of the day Nell Gwynne (Emma Pierson), to the French spy Louise de Kéroualle (Mélanie Thierry). It is an original take on a historical period written by award-winning Screenwriter Adrian Hodges, whose credits include David Copperfield (1999) and The Lost World (2001), which penetrates to the heart of the charismatic monarch who was deeply traumatized by the execution of his father.

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Rupert Graves and Martin Freeman appeared on Sherlock (2010). See more »

Goofs

Just before the sequence concerning the smallpox epidemic, we get a brief look at The King's upper right arm and can clearly see a smallpox vaccination scar. See more »

Quotes

King Charles II: [on his deathbed] Be kind to Portsmouth and let not poor Nelly starve.
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Alternate Versions

The version shown in UK was titled "Charles II: The Power & The Passion" and its original running time is 235 minutes. It was broadcast on TV by BBC in four parts, as it is also on the UK DVD distributed by BBC. The longer UK version has also been released in many European countries (Finland, Netherlands and more) and Australia. The version shown in USA on A&E was titled "The Last King" and has a running time on 188 minutes, cutting it down by almost 40 minutes. The DVD released by A&E in USA is the shorter version. See more »

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Referenced in The Making of 'Charles II' (2003) See more »

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Classy production which assumes previous knowledge
30 May 2004 | by -628See all my reviews

You cannot help but be impressed by the production values of this potentially great BBC series. However, the scenes jump quickly, characters come and go quickly and overall the story is hard to follow unless you read up on the history of the reign of Charles II. Either the editing has been so severe that the continuity has been damaged or the producers have assumed that viewers are fully aware of the history. Either way, a narrative would have helped to fill in the considerable gaps.

That said, the sets are impressive and the acting is first-class. With better continuity, this could have been an impressive tele-movie. In the form that it was presented on TV, it just misses the mark unless you already know your history.


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Release Date:

21 March 2004 (USA) See more »

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1.78 : 1
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