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"House of Cards" (1990) More at IMDbPro »TV mini-series 1990-1990

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House of Cards: Season 1: Episode 4 -- As the leadership election looms, Urquhart's leading rivals have been discredited. The truth is beginning to dawn on Mattie, and Urquhart will go to any lengths to prevent her, or anyone else, from finding out what he has done to gain power.


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Release Date:
31 March 1991 (USA) See more »
Francis Urquhart is the chief whip of the Conservative party. When Margaret Thatcher resigns as leader... See more »
Won Primetime Emmy. Another 5 wins & 8 nominations See more »
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 (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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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 »
Francis Urquhart:Playing with the hopes and dreams of a daughter, now gentle, now hard, rebuking and rewarding, chastising and forgiving. The pleasures of a father. Of a father of daughters. What greater power is there than that? Why should a man want more? Why should I yearn to be everybody's daddy?See more »
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19 out of 21 people found the following review useful.
One of the best, 30 September 2003
Author: RPK1619 from Chicago

I found the series at Best Buy (House of Cards, To Play the King and The Final Cut) all packaged together. I was really excited, because I think this is one of the best to come from the BBC. Ian Richardson was superb. Wicked and cunning. I watched the first installment the other night and was glued to my chair for 4 hours. I highly recommend this series.

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