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To Play the King


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Adapted from Michael Dobbs 's best-selling sequel to House of Cards, this new four-part political thriller re-unites the award-winning team of producer Ken Riddington, director Paul Seed, scriptwriter Andrew Davies and leading actor Ian Richardson as the ruthless and cunning Francis Urquhart.
House of Cards saw Urquhart win the leadership of his party through foul and devious scheming. To Play the King finds him triumphantly installed as Prime Minister, but uneasy at the memory of Mattie, the young journalist he murdered on his way to the top, and facing criticism from a caringand honourable new monarch
(Michael Kitchen) who's appalled by his unfeeling, materialist policies. However,
Urquhart - described by Richardson as "a man entirely without admirable qualities" - has lost none of his relish for the fight.


Adapted by: Andrew Davies
Producer: Ken Riddington
Director: Paul Seed
Francis Urquhart: Ian Richardson
King: Michael Kitchen
Sarah Harding: Kitty Aldridge
Tim Stamper: Colin Jeavons
Elizabeth Urquhart: Diane Fletcher
David Mycroft: Nicholas Farrell
Chloe Carmichael: Rowen Aking
Princess Charlotte: Bernice Stegers
Sir Bruce Bullerby: David Ryall
Lord Quillington: Frederick Treves
John Stroud: Leonard Preston
Corder: Nick Brimble
Ken Charterhouse: Jack Fortune
Dick Caule: Michael Howarth
Andrew Harding: Pip Torrens
Graham Gaunt: Don Warrington
Hilda Cordwainer: Mereuna Kendall
Speaker: Paula Tilbrook
Henry Hotson: Barry Linehan
Young Prince: Tom Beasley
Mattie Storin: Susannah Harker

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