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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 #157 | Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 5 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »
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 Roger O'Neill 4 episodes, 1990
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 Penny Guy 4 episodes, 1990
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 Tim Stamper 4 episodes, 1990
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 John Krajewski 4 episodes, 1990
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James Villiers ...
 Charles Collingridge 3 episodes, 1990
Isabelle Amyes ...
 Anne Collingridge 3 episodes, 1990
John Hartley ...
 Greville Preston 3 episodes, 1990
Nicholas Selby ...
Tommy Boyle ...
 Stephen Kendrick 2 episodes, 1990
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 Sir Jasper Grainger 2 episodes, 1990
Richard Braine ...
 Kevin Spence 2 episodes, 1990
Hugh Dickson ...
 Dr. Andrew Christian 2 episodes, 1990
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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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31 March 1991 (USA)  »

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4:3
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John Major's then-running campaign for the leadership of the Conservative Party, following Margaret Thatcher's ousting, actually downed tools when the series aired in order to watch it. See more »

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[speaking to camera]
Francis Urquhart: I'm the Chief Whip. Merely a functionary. I keep the troops in line. I put a bit of stick about. I make 'em jump.
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The best TV drama serial ever? - "You might very well say that, I couldn't possibly comment"
7 December 2005 | by See all my reviews

This is no doubt one of the best TV drama serials I've ever seen. I got it on DVD and it was so well-done that I saw the first installment (House of Cards) during one night, and the following two installments (To Play the King and The Final Cut) the following two nights. I just could not stop watching it until it was finished. It is very suspenseful, in addition to being intelligent, revealing, and I must say quite cynical. It is based on the book of the same title by Michael Dobbs, who has been a political insider and was at one point Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party. He clearly knows the kinds of things that can happen in the highest echelons of power.

If one is to choose the single best thing in the serial, it is no doubt the performance by Ian Richardson. He is a highly capable and versatile actor and this may well be his best performance. It is really priceless to hear him saying "You might very well say that, I couldn't possibly comment" throughout the series. All the other actors are excellent, the screenplay is of the highest quality, and the whole production is exceptional.


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