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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 #168 | Won 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 5 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete series cast summary:
...  Francis Urquhart 4 episodes, 1990
...  Mattie Storin 4 episodes, 1990
...  Roger O'Neill 4 episodes, 1990
Alphonsia Emmanuel ...  Penny Guy 4 episodes, 1990
...  Patrick Woolton 4 episodes, 1990
Diane Fletcher ...  Elizabeth Urquhart 4 episodes, 1990
...  Tim Stamper 4 episodes, 1990
...  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
Nicholas Selby ...  Lord Billsborough 2 episodes, 1990
Tommy Boyle ...  Stephen Kendrick 2 episodes, 1990
...  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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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 »

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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?
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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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