The BEST episodes of Absolute Power

Every episode of Absolute Power ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Absolute Power!

Stephen Fry and John Bird star as spin doctors Charles Prentiss and Martin McCabe as they bring the popular and satirical Radio 4 comedy Absolute Power to BBC TWO. Written by media commentator Mark Lawson, writers Andy Rattenbury (Teachers) and Guy Andrews (Chancer), Absolute Power casts a witty and acerbic eye on the machinations of PR gurus and does for the PR industry what Drop The Dead Donkey did for the newsroom.Stephen as Prentiss and John as McCabe are an unscrupulous pair who run the blue chip PR agency Prentiss McCabe. Dealing with commercial as well as personal PR, their remit covers everything from political communications to celebrity media relations. Their manipulation skills are tested to the full as they frequently find that their work brings them into conflict with political parties, newspaper editors and celebrities.

Last Updated: 11/19/2022Network:BBC Two
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Spinning America
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8.72
40 votes

#1 - Spinning America

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired 8/18/2005

Charles and Martin are engaged by the US Ambassador to reverse the UK's growing hatred of all things American. Meanwhile, Jamie and Alison endeavor to help Peter Harrow, a long-standing client of Prentiss McCabe, who has grown tired of his "TV's Mr Nice Guy" image and is looking to change it for something a little nastier.

Writer: Mark Lawson
Identity Crisis
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8.43
70 votes

#2 - Identity Crisis

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired 7/21/2005

The staff of Prentiss MacCabe are worried their phones are being bugged. Charles and Martin have a meeting with their client, the home secretary. The government want to introduce the unpopular identity card and are in desperate need of a PR agency.

Writer: Mark Lawson
Blood Bank
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8.37
65 votes

#3 - Blood Bank

Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired 8/4/2005

The team at Prentis McCabe assume thet Charles is in jail for another month, so they prepare to tackle their new client , Artist, Dean Wheelwright (Richard Katz). It is their job to get him to eneter and win the lucrative turner prize for the years beast contribution to art. However he says he does not want to eneter, so they have a problem.

Writer: Guy Andrews
The Trial
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8.00
70 votes

#4 - The Trial

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired 7/28/2005

Poor Charles finds himself in the dock, after one of Prentis MaCabe's old clients has a fit of conscience and decides to do the worst thing a client can do. He tells the truth about one of Charles' lies, after becoming a christian and repenting.

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The House of Lords
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7.91
68 votes

#5 - The House of Lords

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired 8/25/2005

The staff at Prentiss McCabe are split into two teams to tackle both sides of the same issue: the future of the House of Lords. Charles' services are engaged by a Downing Street aide to work on reforming the Second Chamber, while those of Martin are engaged by a Member of the House in order to preserve it in its current state.

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History Man
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7.89
107 votes

#6 - History Man

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 11/10/2003

Prentiss McCabe client, Nigel Harting, is a celebrated presenter of television history programmes, who specialises in revealing sensational facts. But he has a secret. Newspaper editor, Marcus Payne, has discovered that Nigel plays fast and loose with his sources. A letter in Latin proving that Anne of Cleves was actually a man is an outright fake. Marcus agrees to shelve this career-destroying revelation if Charles can dig up some shocking and rather more tabloid-compatible filth about Nigel's private life. Meanwhile, Prentiss McCabe is saddled with Big Brother contestant Teresa, recruited as a client because she stripped in the shower. She is now revealed as a bully and a bore and demands that Martin supervises the promotion of her huge and appalling novel.

Directors: John Morton
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Pope Idol
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7.70
107 votes

#7 - Pope Idol

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 11/17/2003

Martin and Jamie sense that the world of PR is changing. The profession has developed such a bad reputation that it could do with a bit of spin-doctoring itself. To show that they can make a good impression as well as making money, Prentiss McCabe takes p

Directors: John Morton
Writer: Mark Lawson
The Nation's Favourite
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7.58
69 votes

#8 - The Nation's Favourite

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired 8/11/2005

The firm of Prentiss McCabe are over the moon to hear that Jamie has got them a new Oil sheik client, who wants to buy British Airways. That is until Jamie tells them the client's family name is Rezza Bin-Laden (yes the family of THAT bin Laden ). Charles and Martin are adamant that they don't want him for a client, no matter how rich he is. But finally they are persuaded to have a look at him.

Writer: Guy Andrews
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Tory Woman
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7.48
71 votes

#9 - Tory Woman

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 11/24/2003

How does one go about re-launching a junior shadow spokeswoman who has been marginalised in the Tory party? She referred to her leader as ""pork bum"" and her last ditch attempt to stay in the mainstream of politics is to sponsor a 'Right To Retire' campaig

Directors: John Morton
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Country Life
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7.43
101 votes

#10 - Country Life

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 12/8/2003

Successful novelist Roddy Growse orchestrates the appointment of Prentiss McCabe to represent The Real Country Union, a pressure group that has decided to launch itself as a political party. The group is the brain child of Lord Harcourt who in Charles' ju

Directors: John Morton
Writer: Guy Andrews
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Crash and Burn
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7.43
99 votes

#11 - Crash and Burn

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 12/15/2003

A hugely lucrative golden handcuff deal is jeopardised when one of Charles' most successful clients, the stand-up comedian Alan Boardman, is caught on CCTV camera beating up his girlfriend in the Ikea car park. The strategy Charles proposes to save his career is, even by Prentiss McCabes' shoddy moral standards, as unethical as it is shocking. An apocalyptic end seems inevitable for the sultans of spin. Meanwhile in an attempt to sex up their image, the Tory party have approached Prentiss McCabe to launch a youth-led campaign - should they choose as their anthem I Have A Dream by Westlife, It's OK by Atomic Kitten or Blue's All Rise?

Directors: John Morton
Mr. Fox
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7.37
100 votes

#12 - Mr. Fox

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 12/1/2003

When Health Secretary Simon Wellington wins an injunction preventing newspapers from reporting an incident on Hampstead Heath in which he was allegedly mugged by two men, Charles agrees to help Wellington keep his job. But the survival strategy is threate

Directors: John Morton
Writer: Mark Lawson
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