The Final Cut (1995)
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Approaching his 65th birthday, Prime Minister Frances Urquhart begins to see the end of his career. Not that he has the intention of resigning anytime soon. He does however hope to ... See full summary »

Director:

Mike Vardy

Writer:

Andrew Davies (screenplay)
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Ian Richardson ... Francis Urquhart
Diane Fletcher Diane Fletcher ... Elizabeth Urquhart
Paul Freeman ... Tom Makepeace
Isla Blair ... Claire Carlsen
Nickolas Grace Nickolas Grace ... Geoffrey Booza Pitt
Kevork Malikyan ... Nures
David Ryall ... Sir Bruce Bullerby
Julian Fellowes ... Henry Ponsonby
John Rowe ... Sir Clive Watling
Glyn Grain Glyn Grain ... Rayner
Nick Brimble ... Corder
Dorothy Vernon Dorothy Vernon ... Speaker
Alison Peebles Alison Peebles ... Betsy Bourke
Cherith Mellor Cherith Mellor ... Hilary Makepeace
William Scott-Masson ... Barry Crumb
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Approaching his 65th birthday, Prime Minister Frances Urquhart begins to see the end of his career. Not that he has the intention of resigning anytime soon. He does however hope to establish a legacy, one for the history books and one to provide his pension. For the latter, his wife Elizabeth introduces him to Mr. Nures, a Turkish-Cypriot businessman who will contribute handsomely to the Urquhart Trust if the upcoming boundary commission report provides a ruling favorable to Turkish-occupied Cyprus. As for the history books, he's decided to take credit for the upcoming peace deal in Cyprus, much to the consternation of the Foreign Secretary, Tom Makepeace. Still haunted by what happened to Mattie Storin, he is also haunted by events when he was in Cyprus as an army officer in the 1950s. An encounter on the motorway lands him in hospital. Written by garykmcd

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Drama

Certificate:

TV-14
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5 November 1995 (UK) See more »

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Trivia

"How sharper than a serpent's tooth it is to have a thankless child" is from the Shakespeare play King Lear, Act 1, Scene 4. See more »

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Urquhart's "dead" dog is obviously still breathing. See more »

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Francis Urquhart: You approve of my choice? Utterly incorruptible, absolutely impartial. He just can't stand Frenchmen and who can blame him for that?
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