To Play the King

Season 1 Episode 2

Part Two

Aired Friday 7:30 PM Nov 28, 1993 on BBC
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Part Two
Annoyed with the King's controversial speech, Prime Minister Urquhart announces a general election. Tim Stamper feels ignored now that Urquhart turns to Sarah Harding for advice. Meanwhile, the King secretly tries to form an alliance of all the opposition parties.

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    Rowena King

    Rowena King

    Chloe Carmichael

    Guest Star

    Nicholas Farrell

    Nicholas Farrell

    David Mycroft

    Guest Star

    Bernice Stegers

    Bernice Stegers

    Princess Charlotte

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    Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


    • TRIVIA (1)

      • About 12 minutes into the episode, the King's car is approached by a young prostitute. She is played by none other than "Baby Spice" Emma Bunton.

    • QUOTES (2)

      • Sarah Harding: Why all this bogus secrecy? Why, for example, do you see me in your bedroom? Why not wherever you see everyone else?

        Francis Urquhart: Sometimes it's better if people get the wrong impression, see you not as a potential politicial rival, but as something less threatening.

      • Francis Urquhart: Under the show, the struggle for power. Deep down below it all, deeper than honour, deeper than pride, deeper than lust and deeper than love, is the getting of it all. The seizing and the holding on. The jaws locked, biting into power and holding on.

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    • ALLUSIONS (2)

      • Brynford-Jones: (about his scandal) I could have fought the case for a year and still have lost. Every paper would have given me a Melloring.

        A reference to British politician David Mellor who was hounded out of office in 1992 after an extra-marital affair became public. The press took great delight in publishing every detail of the scandal.

      • Francis Urquhart: Next to a small war, there's nothing quite like a general election to stiffen the sinews and summon up the blood.

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