Charles II: The Power and the Passion

Season 1 Episode 4

Episode Four

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Aired Unknown Dec 07, 2003 on BBC
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The trail leads to the squalid but charismatic Titus Oates, whose accusations take in every eminent Catholic, including James and Queen Catharine herself. In the atmosphere of panic, a witch-hunt ensues and Charles is powerless to save the many innocent people whose lives are blighted by Oates's lies. Charles's position is further weakened when Parliament obtains letters alluding to the treaties with France.
As Shaftesbury pushes for the exclusion of James as Charles's heir, Charles responds by sending Monmouth, the Protestant candidate, abroad. Charles dissolves Parliament to rule as an absolute Monarch and asserts James's right to the Throne, exiling Monmouth permanently.
Charles lives out the final years of his reign in relative peace, yet he is profoundly conscious of the chaos that will ensue after his death. In a prescient moment, he advises William of Orange to prepare himself; both Monmouth and James will try and fail to rule England. In a final, ironic gesture, Charles repays Catharine for her devotion by converting to Catholicism on his deathbed.moreless

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Emma Pierson

Emma Pierson

Nell Gwynn

David Bradley

David Bradley

Sir Edmund Berry Godfrey

Diana Rigg

Diana Rigg

Queen Henrietta Maria

Charlie Creed-Miles

Charlie Creed-Miles

James, Duke of York

Martin Freeman (II)

Martin Freeman (II)

Lord Shaftesbury

Helen McCrory

Helen McCrory

Barbara Villiers, Countess of Castlemaine

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