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The Last King 

Charles II: The Power & the Passion (original title)
The chronicle of Charles II's time on the throne, his 10 year exile from Oliver Cromwell's England, and his triumphant return.
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Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 4 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Rufus Sewell ...  Charles II 4 episodes, 2003
Rupert Graves ...  George Villiers, Duke of Buckingham 4 episodes, 2003
Charlie Creed-Miles ...  James, Duke of York 4 episodes, 2003
Christian Coulson ...  James, Duke of Monmouth 4 episodes, 2003
Shirley Henderson ...  Catharine of Braganza 4 episodes, 2003
Martin Freeman ...  Lord Shaftesbury 4 episodes, 2003
Helen McCrory ...  Barbara Villiers, Countess of Castlemaine 4 episodes, 2003
Peter Wight ...  Ormonde 3 episodes, 2003
Tabitha Wady Tabitha Wady ...  Anne Hyde 3 episodes, 2003
Robert East ...  Arlington 3 episodes, 2003
Dorian Lough Dorian Lough ...  Clifford 3 episodes, 2003
Ian McDiarmid ...  Sir Edward Hyde 2 episodes, 2003
Graham McTavish ...  Captain 2 episodes, 2003
Diana Rigg ...  Queen Henrietta Maria 2 episodes, 2003
Robert Cavanah ...  Rochester 2 episodes, 2003
Shaun Dingwall ...  Earl of Danby 2 episodes, 2003
Nick Bagnall Nick Bagnall ...  Hopkins 2 episodes, 2003
Mélanie Thierry ...  Louise de Kéroualle 2 episodes, 2003
Albert Welling ...  MP #1 2 episodes, 2003
Jochum ten Haaf ...  William of Orange 2 episodes, 2003
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The focus of King Charles II is his court, his squabbling family and his glamorous mistresses - from the high-born and promiscuous Barbara Villiers through folk heroine and sex symbol of the day Nell Gwynne to the French spy Louise de Keroualle. It is an original take on a historical period written by award-winning screenwriter Adrian Hodges, whose credits include David Copperfield and The Lost World, which penetrates to the heart of the charismatic monarch who was deeply traumatised by the execution of his father. Written by Anonymous

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Official Sites:

BBC [UK]

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UK | USA

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Portuguese | English

Release Date:

21 March 2004 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Last King See more »

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| (4 parts)

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Stereo

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Color

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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Shirley Henderson's elaborate hairstyle for Catherine's arrival initially took two hours to create. See more »

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Just before the sequence concerning the smallpox epidemic, we get a brief look at The King's upper right arm and can clearly see a smallpox vaccination scar. See more »

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King Charles II: [on his deathbed] Be kind to Portsmouth and let not poor Nelly starve.
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Alternate Versions

The version shown in UK was titled "Charles II: The Power & The Passion" and its original running time is 235 minutes. It was broadcast on TV by BBC in four parts, as it is also on the UK DVD distributed by BBC. The longer UK version has also been released in many European countries (Finland, Netherlands and more) and Australia. The version shown in USA on A&E was titled "The Last King" and has a running time on 188 minutes, cutting it down by almost 40 minutes. The DVD released by A&E in USA is the shorter version. See more »

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Referenced in The Making of 'Charles II' (2003) See more »

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Terrific movie
27 March 2004 | by bdieboldSee all my reviews

I've watched this twice now, since A&E has been broadcasting the show this weekend under the title "The Last King" -- presumably because American audiences can't be expected to know or care who Charles II is.

Anyway, I don't understand the earler negative review at all. Hard to believe we watched the same show. The one I watched is a fantastic, very human, extraordinarily well-acted, and surprisingly faithful period piece.

While the acting in general is at a very high level (special props to the actress who played Lady Castlemaine), Rufus Sewell is simply remarkable. He communicates intelligence, self-indulgence, simple human decency and moments of power and passion wonderfully well. A terrific performance. I suppose because of his dark, somewhat moody good looks he only gets cast as bad guys by Hollywood (Helen of Troy, A Knight's Tale), but he deserves better.

Two thumbs up!


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