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Francis Urquhart is the Conservative Party Chief Whip who keeps the party's Members of Parliament in line. The party has selected a new leader, Henry Collingridge, and at the general ... See full summary »

Director:

Paul Seed

Writers:

Michael Dobbs (novel), Andrew Davies (screenplay)
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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ian Richardson ... Francis Urquhart
Susannah Harker ... Mattie Storin
David Lyon David Lyon ... Prime Minister Henry Collingridge
Miles Anderson ... Roger O'Neill
Alphonsia Emmanuel Alphonsia Emmanuel ... Penny Guy
Diane Fletcher Diane Fletcher ... Elizabeth Urquhart
Malcolm Tierney ... Patrick Woolton
Kenny Ireland Kenny Ireland ... Ben Landless
James Villiers James Villiers ... Charles Collingridge
Colin Jeavons ... Tim Stamper
Nicholas Selby Nicholas Selby ... Lord Billsborough
Damien Thomas ... Michael Samuels
William Chubb William Chubb ... John Krajewski
John Hartley John Hartley ... Greville Preston
Christopher Owen Christopher Owen ... McKenzie
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Francis Urquhart is the Conservative Party Chief Whip who keeps the party's Members of Parliament in line. The party has selected a new leader, Henry Collingridge, and at the general election the government is returned with a reduced majority. Urquhart expects his proper reward - a senior Cabinet post - but is shocked when the Prime Minister tells him he's to stay where he is. Urquhart decides to exact his revenge. Using an ambitious young journalist, Mattie Storin, he plants rumors of dissension in party. Through the Party's PR expert Roger O'Neill - who has had his fingers in the till and developed a coke habit - he arranges for Opposition MPs to have access to Cabinet decisions making for an uncomfortable time in the House. Finally, he lays the foundation for a money scandal. Written by garykmcd

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Drama

Certificate:

TV-Y
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Release Date:

18 November 1990 (UK) See more »

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The episode opens with the speculative replacement of Margaret Thatcher as Prime Minister. It was broadcast just 10 days before Thatcher was actually replaced by John Major. See more »

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Francis Urquhart: [Holding a copy of The Chronicle while on phone to PM] No Prime Minister, I haven't seen the papers.
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