A plot to murder the king leads to an atmosphere of panic and increased anti-Catholic feeling, and Charles finds himself powerless to defend the innocent people, including the Queen, whose lives are ruined by the ridiculous claims made by Titus Oates. The monarch faces another crisis when Shaftesbury tries to exclude James from the throne, and has to use all his political cunning to ensure his brother remains his heir. Last in the series of the lavish historical drama, starring Rufus Sewell, Martin Freeman, Shirley Henderson and Eddie Marsan
Charles takes a great risk by inviting his beloved sister Minette to come from Catholic France to negotiate secret treaties on behalf of Louis XIV.
The king is beset by plague and war and under pressure to divorce because Queen Catharine has not produced a child.