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Monday, May 5, 2014 at 10pm
Francis Urquhart is still holding onto power with a grip of iron.Though he has almost overtaken Margaret Thatcher (who has just died) as Britain’s longest-serving 20th-century Prime Minister, he knows he cannot remain leader for ever. He is now 65 years old and is thinking about retirement. But before he goes, he is determined to leave his mark on the world. His plans are looking good because he is in the middle of brokering an historic peace settlement between Greek and Turkish Cyprus.

Monday, May 12, 2014 at 10pm
In the House of Commons Geoffrey Booza Pitt, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, announces the release of war documents relating to the war in Cyprus in the 1950s. Maria Passolides, a young Greek Cypriot girl, is in the public gallery. She later accosts Urquhart, asking for help in tracing her uncles’ war graves. Her father, Evanghelos, is convinced that his two younger brothers, who were helping the resistance movement, were murdered in cold blood.They visit the public records office and discover a record of the incident in Cyprus, but the names and map references have been blacked out. Urquhart promises to help her to find her uncles’ graves.

Monday, May 26, 2014 at 9pm
Urquhart’s bad dreams are worsening and Elizabeth is worried about him. He is making bad decisions, such as appointing Geoffrey Booza Pitt as his Foreign Secretary to replace Makepeace.

Monday, May 26, 2014 at 10pm
The news of the Cyprus oil find has rocked Greek Cyprus and serious civil unrest has broken out. Urquhart, posing as a patriot, is delighted. When the news breaks that the British High Commission has been seized by rebels and the High Commissioner held hostage, it gives him the perfect opportunity to launch a strong-arm offensive. A swift triumph restores Urquhart’s political standing at home and leaves Makepeace floundering.

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