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Release Date
December 2023
Duration
2 hours 53 minutes
Summary
The classic political drama that inspired the hit Netflix series



Francis Urquhart, Chief Whip of the Conservative Party, wants to get to Number 10 and will stop at nothing in his pursuit of power. This full-cast dramatisation packs a powerful punch in the fast-paced political thriller based on Michael Dobbs bestselling novel of the same name.



The country is undecided after a close election and the party must stand united behind a new leader. Francis Urquhart has ambitions for the role, however several adversaries stand between him and the top job. Urquhart’s scheming reaches new levels of intrigue and scandal resulting in a deadly showdown. After receiving a series of leaks from an unknown source, journalist Mattie Storrin must follow her instinct for a story. But she has no idea how far this particular story will lead her down a path of deceit and destruction. As Storrin uncovers more than she expects and the web of lies becomes ever more complex, we’re left wondering how far Urquhart is prepared to go in pursuit of power? This thrilling production will have you wondering if it’s really true that, ‘he who wields the knife never wears the crown.’



Listen to the full series, available for the first time as a download, and follow the ruthless ambition of the master schemer. Embark on this story of blackmail, intrigue and suspense as one man does everything he can to eliminate his enemies.



Cast and credits

Based on the novel by Michael Dobbs



Francis Urquhart - Daniel Massey

Mattie Storrin - Amanda Root

Henry Collingridge - Geoffrey Whitehead

Roger O’Neil – Colm McConvey

Morris Metcalf – Denis Hawthorne

Rebel Preston - David Timpson

Steve Kendrick - Stephen Critchlow

Kevin Spense- Roger May

Mr Jabwala - Buddy Osman



Other parts played by Patience Tomlinson, Beverly Hills, Keith Drinkell, John Hartley, Alice Arnold, Zu Lemondean





First Broadcast BBC Radio 4, 5 January 2004



©2023 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd (P)2023 BBC Studios Distribution Ltd
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