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The Pallisers: The Prime Minister (5) (S1EP24 BBC Two 29 Jun 1974, Michael Cochrane)



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The Prime Minister (5): Phineas comes close to being the first official victim of the Lopez affair as a vote of censure is called against him in Parliament. It is roundly defeated. Even so, Plantagenet’s time as Prime Minister is winding down. At the end, the things that he desires to accomplish become Utopian. We are introduced to Major Tifto, whose knowledge of horses and ladies has attracted the friendship of Silverbridge. We learn of a previous relationship between Lady Max and Frank. He has, clearly, moved on. The Duke of St Bungay presents the cold facts to Plantagenet and he accepts the inevitable, at last. As we leave politics we enter the world of the Palliser children and their romances. Silverbridge offers himself to Mabel. She declines, for now. Frank’s love for Mary progresses, in spite of Silverbridge’s warning that it just won’t wear.

Regular Cast: Susan Hampshire (Glencora), Philip Latham (Plantagenet)

Guest Cast: Moray Watson (Barrington Erle), Donald Pickering (Dolly Longstaffe), Anthony Andrews (Earl of Silverbridge), Roger Livesey (Duke of St Bungay), Donal McCann (Phineas Finn), Barbara Murray (Marie Goestler), Jeremy Irons (Frank Tregear), Kate Nicholls (Lady Mary), Maurice Quick (Collingwood), John Ringham, Anna Carteret, Michael Cochrane, Josie Kidd, Lynne Frederick, Jerry Stovin, Eileen Erskine

Writer: Simon Raven / Novels: Anthony Trollope / Director: Ronald Wilson

Airdate: 29 Jun 1974 on BBC Two

Series: The Pallisers Season 1 Episode 24

Show Info: Period drama series. The lives of various members of the wealthy Palliser family in Victorian times.