Absolute Power

Season 1 Episode 1

History Man

Aired Unknown Nov 10, 2003 on BBC Two
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Episode Summary

History Man
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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    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


    • 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?
        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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