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Absolute Power

Season 1 Episode 4

Mr. Fox

Aired Unknown Dec 01, 2003 on BBC Two
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Episode Summary

Mr. Fox
When Health Secretary Simon Wellington wins an injunction preventing newspapers from reporting an incident on Hampstead Heath in which he was allegedly mugged by two men, Charles agrees to help Wellington keep his job. But the survival strategy is threatened by the emergence of a transcript detailing what was said on the Heath that night. It looks bad for the minister until Martin demonstrates to journalists that over-heard words can have more than one meaning. Charles, however, still faces the problem of going face to face with a spin-doctor even more Machiavellian than he is - the Number 10 Press Secretary, Colin Priestley. Priestley suggests Wellington should come out to save his career. In other words: "If you're out, you're in. If you're in, you're out." Away from Westminster Alison is shepherding Jimmy Bart, a bad-boy pop star, who has promised his new record company that he's clean of drugs. But when her client starts to behave strangely Alison is herself forced to act out of character, undertaking a dangerous mission in Soho.moreless

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    Angus Deayton

    Angus Deayton

    Colin Priestly

    Guest Star

    Nicholas Farrell

    Nicholas Farrell

    Simon Wellington

    Guest Star

    Andrew Lee Potts

    Andrew Lee Potts

    Jimmy Bart

    Guest Star

    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (2)

      • Charles is watching television right before Wellington rings the bell; you can clearly hear a snippet of The Simpsons theme song!

      • Whiteboard #2-

        Night Farming
        Looking For Poodle(x out poodle) ROTTWEILER
        Looking For Girls
        Looking For Hampstead

    • QUOTES (6)

      • Charles: This democratization of gossip apalls me. There was a time when only I knew where the bodies were buried. Now everybody seems to have a map to the graveyard.

      • Charles: Well, I think this calls for the Ethiopian Strategy.
        Martin: Which is?
        Charles: If you're hungry, go on television and appeal.

      • Wellington: You know, Priestly offered to make me Prime Minister of same sexes.
        Charles: 'Out of the closet, Into the Cabinet?'

      • Cat: I can't tell my client bollocks.
        Charles: That is your job.

      • Voice-Over: There are some things in life, you just can't deny.
        Wellington:(to camera, hoisting a pint) Trust me, this is the best beer in the world.

        Subtitle/tagline: FOXX'S BEER. STRAIGHT UP.

      • Journalist #2: Third page, four lines from the bottom? Four letter word beginning C-O?
        Martin: Well, my thought again. I mean, couldn't this be a five letter word beginning C-O?
        Journalist #2: What would that be?
        Martin: Copse. (reads from transcript) "I like a really big copse." The other fox spotter is alluding to a wooded area where the animals might well gather.
        The journalists quietly laugh as Martin has outmaneuvered them.

    • NOTES (2)

    • ALLUSIONS (2)