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The Ambassador 

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Harriet Smith (Pauline Collins), the new British ambassador to Ireland, desperately wants to make her mark in this historically difficult posting and try to put the tragic murder of her ... See full summary »

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Russell Lewis
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Series cast summary:
Pauline Collins ...  Harriet Smith 13 episodes, 1998-1999
Denis Lawson ...  John Stone 12 episodes, 1998-1999
Owen Roe ...  Minister Kevin Flaherty 11 episodes, 1998-1999
Tom Connolly ...  Sam Smith 11 episodes, 1998-1999
William Chubb William Chubb ...  Stephen Tyler 10 episodes, 1998-1999
Alison McKenna Alison McKenna ...  Jennifer 6 episodes, 1998
Sara Markland Sara Markland ...  Becky 6 episodes, 1998
Tim Matthews ...  Nate Smith 6 episodes, 1998
Sinead Clarkin Sinead Clarkin ...  Susan 6 episodes, 1999
Eve Matheson Eve Matheson ...  Catherine Grieve 6 episodes, 1999
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Harriet Smith (Pauline Collins), the new British ambassador to Ireland, desperately wants to make her mark in this historically difficult posting and try to put the tragic murder of her husband behind her. Harriet wants to be just and fair in her dealings with the Irish government and to try to make the relationship between the two governments less adversarial in nature. However, the situation is made considerably worse for her and her trusted assistant, John Stone (Denis Lawson), by her son Nate who refuses to accept the consequences of her new ambassadorial role and still blames her for his fathers death. Written by Mark Smith <msmith@osi.co.uk>

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Negotiating a World of Deception, Mistrust and Betrayal

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Country:

UK | Ireland

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 January 1998 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Suurlähettiläs See more »

Filming Locations:

Ireland

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(12 episodes)

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Stereo

Color:

Color
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Series Creator Russell Lewis would later create the "Inspector Morse" prequel series "Endeavour" for ITV. See more »

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Intriguing series about a British Ambassador juggling private and public issues in Ireland
21 March 2007 | by EasterslicSee all my reviews

This is an excellent series. Pauline Collins plays Harriet Smith, the Ambassador, who has to maneuver through difficult political obstacles as she represents the British government in Ireland. This aired originally in 1998, so the situation in Ireland is probably quite different. Since it was not a period drama it's not that educational about Irish/British relations. It's more about the difficulty of diplomacy in a general sense.

Smith has to deal with both public and personal issues, which sometimes overlap. She has children who don't understand why her job has to take precedence over their needs. And she has assistants who don't always have her best interests at heart.

Things are never black-and-white in her world, and Smith is seldom foolish enough to think they are (although she has her moments). Surprisingly, her integrity is an asset, rather than a handicap--but not in a schmaltzy way. She succeeds, not because she's more ethical than her male counterparts, but because she's ethical *and* smart *and* tough-minded.

But I emphasize that things are not clear cut and even when Smith is right, she can also be wrong.

One of the pleasures in this series is the presence of Denis Lawson, who plays her political attaché. Although he is her loyal ally, he often has his own agenda.

All in all, a very thoughtful and intriguing drama.


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