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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 #203 | 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 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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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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(4 parts)

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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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 »

Quotes

Francis Urquhart: She trusts me absolutely. I trust she does. And I, I trust her absolutely - to be absolutely human.
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A Series of Political Intrigue With Great Acting
5 October 1999 | by Owen L.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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