Absolute Power

Season 1 Episode 1

History Man

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Aired Unknown Nov 10, 2003 on BBC Two
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History Man
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Prentiss McCabe client, Nigel Harting, is a celebrated presenter of television history programmes, who specialises in revealing sensational facts. But he has a secret.

Newspaper editor, Marcus Payne, has discovered that Nigel plays fast and loose with his sources. A letter in Latin proving that Anne of Cleves was actually a man is an outright fake.

Marcus agrees to shelve this career-destroying revelation if Charles can dig up some shocking and rather more tabloid-compatible filth about Nigel's private life.

Meanwhile, Prentiss McCabe is saddled with Big Brother contestant Teresa, recruited as a client because she stripped in the shower.

She is now revealed as a bully and a bore and demands that Martin supervises the promotion of her huge and appalling novel.moreless

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SUBMIT REVIEW
    Andrew Whipp

    Andrew Whipp

    Marcus Payne

    Guest Star

    Stephen Boxer

    Stephen Boxer

    Nigel Harting

    Guest Star

    Suzanne Burden

    Suzanne Burden

    Sarah Harting

    Guest Star

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions

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    • TRIVIA (0)

    • QUOTES (3)

    • NOTES (2)

      • A 2nd whiteboard brainstorming session-

        Nigel Harting: Poss. Career Moves
        Daily Mail columnist
        Lecture Tour- Zimbabwe
        Have Some Children

      • One whiteboard brainstorming session-

        Theresa's Novel: Title Suggestions
        In The Hands Of Nuns
        Bare Feet and Empty Bottles
        TB Or Not TB?
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        Loving Torment
        No Hot Ashes
        Sodom And Begorrah

    • ALLUSIONS (5)

      • Jamie: (on the phone) Imagine Christine Hamilton on acid.--refers to the chatshow hostess/author/former MP's spouse; the lady's a no-guff/shoot-from-the-hip kind of candid gal.

      • Allison called a newpaper columnist and had suggested substitutions for her client's list of "ultimate dinner guests;" in place of Pol Pot, the genocidal dictator of Cambodia and head ofthe Khemer Rouge, she suggested Patricia Routledge, an actress known for her role as snobby Hyacinth Bucket ("pronounced boo-kay") in Keeping Up Appearances. Famous names that Allison was okay with were Dick Whittington, a panto character based on a one-time Mayor of London, and Napoleon, Emperor of France/King of Italy/exile of Elba and St.Helena.

      • Martin: (to Allison)...how would you feel about reading Theresa O'Leary's magnum tedious?--refers to, and twists, the usual magnum opus (a great work or an artist's finest piece) into meaning "the greatest bore", essentially.

      • Jamie: ...we're talking about Mary Archer without the sense of fun--refers to the almost direct lifting of Lady Archer's marital woes for the better part of two decades and giving them to Sarah!

      • Cosi fan tutte is the opra Charles has on in his car as he goes to hide Sarah. The opera is all about hiding one's identity and testing people's faithfulness; it could be a nod not only to the Harting's situation- and charles' because of his fake sex scandal about Harting, but also to the world of public relations and spin doctoring.

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