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

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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 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 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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Drama

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

31 March 1991 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Runtime:

(4 parts)

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

By complete chance, the first BBC showing of the series exactly coincided with the real life Tory leadership contest and the removal from office of long-running Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Francis Urquhart: You might well think that. I couldn't possibly comment.
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Referenced in When Louis Met... The Hamiltons (2001) See more »

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The best TV drama serial ever? - "You might very well say that, I couldn't possibly comment"
7 December 2005 | by claudelorrainSee all my reviews

This is no doubt one of the best TV drama serials I've ever seen. I got it on DVD and it was so well-done that I saw the first installment (House of Cards) during one night, and the following two installments (To Play the King and The Final Cut) the following two nights. I just could not stop watching it until it was finished. It is very suspenseful, in addition to being intelligent, revealing, and I must say quite cynical. It is based on the book of the same title by Michael Dobbs, who has been a political insider and was at one point Deputy Chairman of the Conservative Party. He clearly knows the kinds of things that can happen in the highest echelons of power.

If one is to choose the single best thing in the serial, it is no doubt the performance by Ian Richardson. He is a highly capable and versatile actor and this may well be his best performance. It is really priceless to hear him saying "You might very well say that, I couldn't possibly comment" throughout the series. All the other actors are excellent, the screenplay is of the highest quality, and the whole production is exceptional.


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