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Seasons:
1
Release Date:
31 March 1991 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
Francis Urquhart is the chief whip of the Conservative party. When Margaret Thatcher resigns as leader... See more »
Awards:
Won Primetime Emmy. Another 5 wins & 8 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
A fantastic series - entertaining, dark and relevant See more (34 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast [23])

Ian Richardson ... Francis Urquhart (4 episodes, 1990)

Susannah Harker ... Mattie Storin (4 episodes, 1990)

Miles Anderson ... Roger O'Neill (4 episodes, 1990)
Alphonsia Emmanuel ... Penny Guy (4 episodes, 1990)

Malcolm Tierney ... Patrick Woolton (4 episodes, 1990)
Diane Fletcher ... Elizabeth Urquhart (4 episodes, 1990)
Colin Jeavons ... Tim Stamper (4 episodes, 1990)
Damien Thomas ... Michael Samuels (4 episodes, 1990)
William Chubb ... John Krajewski (4 episodes, 1990)
Kenneth Gilbert ... Harold Earle (4 episodes, 1990)
Christopher Owen ... McKenzie (4 episodes, 1990)
David Lyon ... Prime Minister Henry Collingridge (3 episodes, 1990)
Kenny Ireland ... Ben Landless (3 episodes, 1990)
James Villiers ... Charles Collingridge (3 episodes, 1990)
Isabelle Amyes ... Anne Collingridge (3 episodes, 1990)
John Hartley ... Greville Preston (3 episodes, 1990)

Nick Brimble ... Corder (3 episodes, 1990)
Nicholas Selby ... Lord Billsborough (2 episodes, 1990)
Tommy Boyle ... Stephen Kendrick (2 episodes, 1990)
John Arnatt ... Sir Jasper Grainger (2 episodes, 1990)
Richard Braine ... Kevin Spence (2 episodes, 1990)
Hugh Dickson ... Dr. Andrew Christian (2 episodes, 1990)
Angela Rippon ... Newsreader (2 episodes, 1990)

Series Directed by
Paul Seed (4 episodes, 1990)
 
Series Writing credits
Andrew Davies (4 episodes, 1990)
Michael Dobbs (4 episodes, 1990)

Series Produced by
Jeremy Gwilt .... associate producer (4 episodes, 1990)
Ken Riddington .... producer (4 episodes, 1990)
 
Series Original Music by
Jim Parker (4 episodes, 1990)
 
Series Cinematography by
Jim Fyans (4 episodes, 1990)
Ian Punter (4 episodes, 1990)
 
Series Film Editing by
Howard Billingham (4 episodes, 1990)
 
Series Production Design by
Ken Ledsham (4 episodes, 1990)
 
Series Costume Design by
Rosalind Ebbutt (4 episodes, 1990)
 
Series Makeup Department
Helen Barrett .... makeup designer (4 episodes, 1990)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Nigel Taylor .... first assistant director (4 episodes, 1990)
 
Series Art Department
Chris Ferriday .... properties buyer (4 episodes, 1990)
Rosemary Turner .... graphic designer (4 episodes, 1990)
 
Series Sound Department
Gordon Lester .... film recordist (4 episodes, 1990)
Michael Narduzzo .... dubbing mixer (4 episodes, 1990)
Jonathan Rowdon .... dubbing editor (4 episodes, 1990)
Barrie Tharby .... film recordist (4 episodes, 1990)

Lionel Strutt .... adr mixer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Stunts
Tina Maskell .... stunts (1 episode, 1990)
Gareth Milne .... stunt arranger (1 episode, 1990)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Richard Wood .... gaffer (4 episodes, 1990)
James Grimes .... grip (2 episodes, 1990)
 
Series Casting Department
Anne Henderson .... casting adviser (4 episodes, 1990)
Hayley Murt .... casting adviser (4 episodes, 1990)
 
Series Other crew
Ernest Armstrong .... political advisor (4 episodes, 1990)
Ellen Fraser .... script editor (4 episodes, 1990)
Katharine Gatt .... trainee production assistant (4 episodes, 1990)
Karen Jones .... production assistant (4 episodes, 1990)
Amanda Neal .... assistant floor manager (4 episodes, 1990)
Deborah Saban .... assistant floor manager (4 episodes, 1990)
Lesley Williams .... location manager (4 episodes, 1990)
 

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226 min (4 parts)
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Trivia:
Francis Urquhart's catchphrase "You might very well think that; but I couldn't possibly comment" (meaning "Yes, but I'll deny everything if challenged") has become part of the English political language. "Urquhart's Avoidance" is as widely known as real-life political euphemisms such as "he wants to spend more time with his family" ("he's been sacked or resigned in disgrace") and "he's been economical with the truth" ("he's told blatant lies to save his own skin").See more »
Quotes:
[repeated line]
Francis Urquhart:You might well think that. I couldn't possibly comment.
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29 out of 31 people found the following review useful.
A fantastic series - entertaining, dark and relevant, 7 January 1999
Author: Johanna Mead (johanna_mead@yahoo.com) from San Francisco, California

"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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