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Francis Urquhart calls the election but the party is down 13 points in the polls and he will obviously have a hard slog ahead if he is to be reelected. A gas explosion in a block of flats ... See full summary »

Director:

Paul Seed

Writers:

Michael Dobbs (novel), Andrew Davies (screenplay)
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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
Leonard Preston Leonard Preston ... John Stroud
Jack Fortune Jack Fortune ... Ken Charterhouse
Erika Hoffman Erika Hoffman ... The Lady
Nick Brimble ... Corder
Richard Howard Richard Howard ... John Sarkey
Richard Durden ... BBC Official
Kate Ricketts Kate Ricketts ... Current Affairs Lady
Geoffrey McGivern Geoffrey McGivern ... Bill Rochester
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Francis Urquhart calls the election but the party is down 13 points in the polls and he will obviously have a hard slog ahead if he is to be reelected. A gas explosion in a block of flats gives the King a platform to drive home his point about the need to invest more in housing and social services, but the PM also makes use of the opportunity to remind the King to stay out of politics. Party Chairman Tim Stamper is not very pleased that his old friend Urquhart won't promise him a senior Cabinet post should they win the election and he sets out to ruin him. As the Conservative party inches ever closer to being reelected, Urquhart must deal with Stamper and Sarah, both of whom have the evidence to bring him down. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

12 December 1993 (UK) See more »

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The flats that exploded are named "Corbusier House" after Le Corbusier, an architect whose urban planning ideas resulted in many of the concrete council housing towers like the one shown. They were built as innovative designs in the 1950s and 1960s, and by the 1970s were considered ugly and slums. See more »

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Tim Stamper: I didn't put you through all this just to upset you, though that was certainly an incidental pleasure.
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