The Final Cut (1995)
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Having sacked his Parliamentary Private Secretary, Urquhart casts about for a replacement. At the suggestion of Geoffrey Booza Pitt he gives serious consideration to backbench MP Claire ... 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
Yolanda Vazquez Yolanda Vazquez ... Maria Passolides
John Rowe ... Sir Clive Watling
Glyn Grain Glyn Grain ... Rayner
Dorothy Vernon Dorothy Vernon ... Speaker
Nick Brimble ... Corder
Duggie Brown Duggie Brown ... Joe Badger
Andrew Seear Andrew Seear ... Wolfin
Bunny May Bunny May ... Clerk
Leon Lissek ... Evanghelos Passolides
Peter Symonds ... Polecutt
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Storyline

Having sacked his Parliamentary Private Secretary, Urquhart casts about for a replacement. At the suggestion of Geoffrey Booza Pitt he gives serious consideration to backbench MP Claire Carlsen, despite the fact that she is carrying on an affair with Foreign Secretary Tom Makepeace. Claire is clearly playing both sides of the fence to ensure her own place in the hierarchy, regardless of what the future may hold. Urquhart decides the time has come to shake things up and forces Makepeace to resign, something his wife Elizabeth isn't sure is in their best interest. He also continues working on his legacies, dropping a good word in the ear of the British judge on the Cyprus boundary panel. Meanwhile, a young Greek-Cypriot woman, Maria Passolides, seeks Urquhart's assistance in solving the death of two uncles who were killed in Cyprus in the 1950s. Written by garykmcd

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Genres:

Drama

Certificate:

TV-14
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Release Date:

12 November 1995 (UK) See more »

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"I have nothing to fear but fear itself" is a spin on president FDR's "There's nothing to fear but fear itself". See more »

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Elizabeth Urquhart: The Margaret Thatcher Memorial. Is there really no way of preventing it?
Francis Urquhart: It would seem not. It's all been paid for out of the foundation and the site was earmarked 15 years ago, apparently. For a time there seemed some possibility of putting it up in Grantham, where no one would have to look at it.
Elizabeth Urquhart: Except the unfortunate inhabitants. Where is Grantham anyway?
Francis Urquhart: No one seems quite sure.
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