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Episode #1.4 

Francis Urquhart announces his intention to seek the leadership of the Conservative Party and become Prime Minister. It's six days until the first ballot and Urquhart plots against his ... See full summary »

Director:

Paul Seed

Writers:

Michael Dobbs (novel), Andrew Davies (screenplay)
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ian Richardson ... Francis Urquhart
Susannah Harker ... Mattie Storin
Miles Anderson ... Roger O'Neill
Diane Fletcher Diane Fletcher ... Elizabeth Urquhart
Alphonsia Emmanuel Alphonsia Emmanuel ... Penny Guy
Malcolm Tierney ... Patrick Woolton
Damien Thomas ... Michael Samuels
Colin Jeavons ... Tim Stamper
Christopher Owen Christopher Owen ... McKenzie
Kenneth Gilbert Kenneth Gilbert ... Harold Earle
William Chubb William Chubb ... John Krajewski
Vivienne Ritchie Vivienne Ritchie ... Stephanie Woolton
Tommy Boyle Tommy Boyle ... Stephen Kendrick
Eric Allan Eric Allan ... Adrian Shepherd
Janis Winters Janis Winters ... McKenzie's Assistant (as Jan Winters)
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Storyline

Francis Urquhart announces his intention to seek the leadership of the Conservative Party and become Prime Minister. It's six days until the first ballot and Urquhart plots against his rivals. One by one, the minor candidates fall by the wayside - the Health Minister who has an accident; an MP who had an encounter on a train with a young man. He finishes second on the first ballot and has another week to deal with his main rivals, Patrick Woolton and Michael Samuels. Woolton gets tripped up by the recording of him in bed at the party conference and throws his support to Francis. Mattie Storin is keen on Urquhart's candidacy and he convinces her to stop digging in the other candidates' background. She finally puts two and two together however forcing Urquhart to take action. Written by garykmcd

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Drama

Certificate:

TV-Y
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Release Date:

9 December 1990 (UK) See more »

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Trivia

When Francis Urquhart says "If you can look into the seeds of time and say which grain will grow and which will not" he is quoting Banquo from Shakespeare's play Macbeth (Act 1, Scene 3). See more »

Goofs

When McKenzie gets out of the car (after it knocks down a man in a wheelchair) and gets hit in the face with an egg, he's wearing a different pair of glasses. See more »

Quotes

Francis Urquhart: [Blackmailing Patrick Woolton] Let's say it's a government health warning. In your case there's no such thing as safe sex. In your case the withdrawal method is the only viable alternative. I'm sure you understand.
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Featured in To Play the King: Episode #1.1 (1993) See more »

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