Ambassadors. Image shows from L to R: Neil Tilly (Robert Webb), Keith Davis (David Mitchell).


BBC Two comedy drama. 3 episodes (1 series) in 2013. Stars David Mitchell, Debbie Chazen, Matthew Macfadyen, Oliver Dimsdale, Richard Katz, George Lasha, Sevan Stephan and others.

Series 1, Episode 2 - The Prince's Trousers

The embassy is thrown into chaos by the arrival of British trade envoy and minor royal Prince Mark of Bath and Tazbek dissident Amil Zarifi who seeks sanctuary in the embassy having escaped house arrest.

Further details

Ambassadors. Prince Mark (Tom Hollander). Copyright: Big Talk Productions / That Mitchell & Webb Company.

Minor royal Prince Mark of Bath has been invited to Tazbekistan in his capacity as trade envoy to help the embassy win lucrative drilling licenses for AngloBritish Oil.

With an unshakeable sense of entitlement and utter disregard for the sensitivities of others, Prince Mark soon makes himself unpopular with his exacting demands for luxurious accommodation and high-level service, which far outstrip what Ambassador Davis and his wife Jennifer can provide at the embassy residence.

The Prince's arrival coincides with the escape of one of Tazbekistan's most celebrated and outspoken dissidents, Amil Zarifi, who asks for sanctuary in the embassy. Unable to contact the ambassador, who is tied up managing Prince Mark, Deputy Head of Mission Neil takes the decision to bring Zarifi into the compound - a decision which not only incenses his boss but also infuriates the Tazbeks, who demand the British give up the dissident immediately.

With hopes of securing the oil licenses hanging by a thread, the embassy must rely on the man least likely to improve relations between Britain and Tazbekistan: Prince Mark.

Broadcast details

Wednesday 30th October 2013
60 minutes

Cast & crew

Regular cast
David Mitchell Keith Davis
Debbie Chazen Ludmilla
Matthew Macfadyen POD
Oliver Dimsdale French Ambassador
Richard Katz Jamatt
George Lasha Tall Surveillance Man
Sevan Stephan Short Surveillance Man
Velibor Topic Svecko
Andy Lucas Sergei
James Doherty Kevin
Lachele Carl US Ambassador
Jenny Galloway Mrs Petrova
Isobel Pravda Anya
Robert Webb Neil Tilly
Keeley Hawes Jennifer
Susan Lynch Caitlin
Amara Karan Isabel
Shivani Ghai Natalia
Yigal Naor (as Igal Naor) President Karzak
Natalia Tena Tanya
Guest cast
Tom Hollander Prince Mark
Krystian Godlewski Amil Zarifi
Daniel Rabin Eziz
Edward Hibbert Equerry
Julian Lewis Jones Mike Treasure
Janet Spencer Turner Ex Pat Woman
Writing team
James Wood Writer
Rupert Walters Writer
Production team
Jeremy Webb Director
Chris Carey Producer
Kenton Allen Executive Producer
Luke Alkin Executive Producer
Chris Sussman Executive Producer
Matthew Justice Executive Producer
David Mitchell Executive Producer
Robert Webb Executive Producer
Crispin Green Editor
Tom Bowyer Production Designer
Daniel Pemberton Composer


Prince Mark's Visit

Prince Mark is reminded about his royal visit to Tazbekistan.

Featuring: David Mitchell (Keith Davis), Tom Hollander (Prince Mark), Edward Hibbert (Equerry), Julian Lewis Jones (Mike Treasure), Robert Webb (Neil Tilly), Susan Lynch (Caitlin), Amara Karan (Isabel), Shivani Ghai (Natalia).


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