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Despite his pleas to the King to avoid a constitutional crisis and not publicly express his personal views, the King refuses and Urquhart decides to destroy him. As planned, the King goes ... 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
Michael Kitchen ... The King
Kitty Aldridge ... Sarah Harding
Colin Jeavons ... Tim Stamper
Diane Fletcher Diane Fletcher ... Elizabeth Urquhart
Nicholas Farrell ... David Mycroft
Rowena King ... Chloe Carmichael
Bernice Stegers ... Princess Charlotte
John Bird John Bird ... Bryan Brynford-Jones
David Ryall ... Sir Bruce Bullerby
Leonard Preston Leonard Preston ... John Stroud
Jack Fortune Jack Fortune ... Ken Charterhouse
Frederick Treves ... Lord Quillington
Anthony Smee Anthony Smee ... John Staines
Pip Torrens ... Andrew Harding
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Storyline

Despite his pleas to the King to avoid a constitutional crisis and not publicly express his personal views, the King refuses and Urquhart decides to destroy him. As planned, the King goes on television and the program is seen as a clear attack on the government. Urqhart has seriously underestimated the King's influence and the party finds itself falling in the polls. Princess Charlotte begins dictating her memoirs and also sleeping with publisher Sir Bruce Bullerby. She has a lot to tell about the Royal Family. When a conservative MP, John Staines, is arrested by the police for child molestation, David Mycroft is worried that his own lifestyle choice - which does not include underage minors - will become public and embarrass the King. Sarah gets a threatening phone call and meets Mattie Storin's friend John Krajewski to find out what he thinks really happened to her. Written by garykmcd

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Drama

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Release Date:

5 December 1993 (UK) See more »

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When Harding reads a copy of the Chronicle article which describes the death of Roger O'Neill, the byline shows both John Krajewski and Mattie Storin. Mattie Storin had been fired by the newspaper prior to these events, and so her name could not have appeared on that byline. See more »

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Francis Urquhart: But they all, all of them, betray us eventually. They love us, but not quite enough. They trust us, but not quite enough. And we trust them to be entirely human, meaning less than trustworthy, which means that we can never quite entirely sleep. As the cat's eyelids flicker, some part of us must stay awake always, ready, as the coiled spring is ready.
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