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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
Alphonsia Emmanuel ...
 Penny Guy 4 episodes, 1990
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 Tim Stamper 4 episodes, 1990
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William Chubb ...
 John Krajewski 4 episodes, 1990
Kenneth Gilbert ...
Christopher Owen ...
David Lyon ...
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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
Angela Rippon ...
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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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Trivia

On the first day of filming, production designer Ken Ledsham pulled a practical joke on director Paul Seed by showing the rest of the cast and crew a video of Seed's over-the-top performance as the villain in the Doctor Who (1963) story Doctor Who: The Ribos Operation: Part One (1978), which both had worked on earlier in their careers when Seed was still an actor. 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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A Series of Political Intrigue With Great Acting
5 October 1999 | by See all my reviews

"The House of Cards", based on a novel by Michael Dobbs, is a television series that is based upon one character's use, abuse and manipulation of the political system to achieve his own political goals.

Ian Richardson's performance as the malevolent Francis Urquaht is outstanding and the standards of acting in this series are upheld by Susannah Harker and Diane Fletcher.

This series of political intrigue and deception is an excellent one and I wouldn't recommend missing an episode.


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