To Play the King

Season 1 Episode 1

Part One

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Aired Friday 7:30 PM Nov 21, 1993 on BBC
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The new King of England shows an interest in making the nation a classless society. Prime Minister Francis Urquhart is more concerned with the economic position of the nation and, with the help of Sarah Harding, a young pollster, he is determined to thwart the King's ambitions.moreless

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    • TRIVIA (1)

      • When Ian Richardson read the script for this series he had some doubts about doing it. He was afraid the depiction of the Royal Family might shock the viewers.

    • QUOTES (3)

      • King: You're a clever man, Mr Urquhart.


        Francis Urquhart: You're too kind, sir. I'd rather be remembered as a wise man than a clever one. But I think that sound man is the highest praise I can expect.

      • Tim Stamper: Do we need opinion pollsters? It's what you are, isn't it?


        Sarah Harding: People seem to think I'm worth the money.


        Tim Stamper: Get the answers wrong, though.


        Sarah Harding: I can get you any answer you like, Mr Stamper. That's why I'm in such demand.

      • Sarah Harding: It's contradictory, isn't it? Socialism has collapsed all over the world and now the King of England is proposing to revive it.

    • NOTES (1)

    • ALLUSIONS (1)

      • Francis Urquhart: These days an hour can be a long time in politics.

        An allusion to the famous statement by Prime Minister Harold Wilson (1916-1995) that "a week is a long time in politics", suggesting that a lot can change in a short time.

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