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House of Cards 

TV-14 | | Drama | TV Mini-Series (1990)
The schemes of a ruthlessly ambitious British politician who will stop at nothing to get to the top.
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Top Rated TV #239 | Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 5 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Ian Richardson ...  Francis Urquhart 4 episodes, 1990
Susannah Harker ...  Mattie Storin 4 episodes, 1990
Miles Anderson ...  Roger O'Neill 4 episodes, 1990
Alphonsia Emmanuel Alphonsia Emmanuel ...  Penny Guy 4 episodes, 1990
Malcolm Tierney ...  Patrick Woolton 4 episodes, 1990
Diane Fletcher Diane Fletcher ...  Elizabeth Urquhart 4 episodes, 1990
Colin Jeavons ...  Tim Stamper 4 episodes, 1990
Damien Thomas ...  Michael Samuels 4 episodes, 1990
William Chubb William Chubb ...  John Krajewski 4 episodes, 1990
Kenneth Gilbert Kenneth Gilbert ...  Harold Earle 4 episodes, 1990
Christopher Owen Christopher Owen ...  McKenzie 4 episodes, 1990
David Lyon David Lyon ...  Prime Minister Henry Collingridge 3 episodes, 1990
Kenny Ireland Kenny Ireland ...  Ben Landless 3 episodes, 1990
James Villiers ...  Charles Collingridge 3 episodes, 1990
Isabelle Amyes Isabelle Amyes ...  Anne Collingridge 3 episodes, 1990
John Hartley John Hartley ...  Greville Preston 3 episodes, 1990
Nicholas Selby ...  Lord Billsborough 2 episodes, 1990
Tommy Boyle Tommy Boyle ...  Stephen Kendrick 2 episodes, 1990
John Arnatt ...  Sir Jasper Grainger 2 episodes, 1990
Richard Braine Richard Braine ...  Kevin Spence 2 episodes, 1990
Hugh Dickson ...  Dr. Andrew Christian 2 episodes, 1990
Angela Rippon Angela Rippon ...  Newsreader 2 episodes, 1990
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Storyline

Francis Urquhart is the Chief Whip of the Conservative Party. When Margaret Thatcher resigns as leader, he remains neutral and, after a general election in which the Conservatives are returned with a reduced majority, he fully expects the new Prime Minister, Henry Collingridge, to give him his just reward: a senior Cabinet post. When he's informed that he is to stay in his current position, he devises a plot to unseat Collingridge and ensure his own election as party leader which would make him Prime Minister. Written by garykmcd

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 March 1991 (USA) See more »

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Runtime:

(4 parts)

Color:

Color

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4:3
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Trivia

The french half-glasses which Urquhart wears were bought personally by Ian Richardson, as he thought they would be perfect for his character. He didn't send the receipt to the BBC after the series as he wanted to keep them. See more »

Quotes

Francis Urquhart: [Following fatal bomb blast in the street] Don't worry, no-one we know.
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Connections

Followed by To Play the King (1993) See more »

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A fantastic series - entertaining, dark and relevant
7 January 1999 | by JomeadSee all my reviews

"House of Cards" is an entertaining and frightening tale. Ian Richardson, playing the intelligent and ruthless Francis Urquhart, immediately draws the viewer into the tale with his wry comments to the camera, discreet confidences just between the two of you, and compels you to accompany him as the tale moves from an amusing political fantasy to something altogether darker.

The writing and acting is spot on (I must give kudos to Susannah Harker whose fine performance as Mattie Storin has, I think, been overlooked by many viewers), and the pace of the show doesn't slow until the final, shocking end.

I am constantly recommending "House of Cards" to friends, to the point of hosting viewing parties at my place every few months, and I'm not tired of watching it, yet! :) I find that anyone who enjoys such pieces as "I, Claudius" or any other involuted, political drama, will enjoy "House of Cards".


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