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Francis Urquhart, the unscrupulous but cunning Conservative Prime Minister, has his survival threatened by a liberal monarch and an upcoming General Election.
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Series cast summary:
Ian Richardson ...  Francis Urquhart 4 episodes, 1993
Michael Kitchen ...  The King 4 episodes, 1993
Kitty Aldridge ...  Sarah Harding 4 episodes, 1993
Colin Jeavons ...  Tim Stamper 4 episodes, 1993
Diane Fletcher Diane Fletcher ...  Elizabeth Urquhart 4 episodes, 1993
Nicholas Farrell ...  David Mycroft 4 episodes, 1993
Rowena King ...  Chloe Carmichael 4 episodes, 1993
Leonard Preston Leonard Preston ...  John Stroud 4 episodes, 1993
Erika Hoffman Erika Hoffman ...  The Lady 4 episodes, 1993
Jack Fortune Jack Fortune ...  Ken Charterhouse 4 episodes, 1993
Nick Brimble ...  Corder 4 episodes, 1993
Bernice Stegers ...  Princess Charlotte 3 episodes, 1993
David Ryall ...  Sir Bruce Bullerby 3 episodes, 1993
Pip Torrens ...  Andrew Harding 3 episodes, 1993
Frederick Treves ...  Lord Quillington 3 episodes, 1993
Tom Beasley Tom Beasley ...  Young Prince / ... 3 episodes, 1993
Don Warrington ...  Graham Gaunt 3 episodes, 1993
Paula Tilbrook Paula Tilbrook ...  Speaker 3 episodes, 1993
John Bird John Bird ...  Bryan Brynford-Jones 2 episodes, 1993
Kate Ricketts Kate Ricketts ...  Current Affairs Lady 2 episodes, 1993
Merelina Kendall ...  Hilda Cordwainer 2 episodes, 1993
Anthony Smee Anthony Smee ...  John Staines 2 episodes, 1993
John Paul Connolly John Paul Connolly ...  Sturdy Beggar 2 episodes, 1993
Soo Drouet Soo Drouet ...  Big Woman 2 episodes, 1993
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Francis Urquhart, the unscrupulous but cunning Conservative Prime Minister, has his survival threatened by a liberal monarch and an upcoming General Election. Written by Dragan Antulov <dragan.antulov@altbbs.fido.hr>

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Country:

UK

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English

Release Date:

8 October 1996 (USA) See more »

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Kongehuset See more »

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(4 parts)

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Stereo

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Trivia

Stamper confronts Francis about having a job in higher office after the election, like Home Secretary, but Francis rejects him. In the first House of Cards, Francis was promised a higher post like Home Secretary from Collingridge, but was rejected. See more »

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Francis Urquhart: He wants to be of use. He has a conscience. He wants to con-tri-bute.
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After the credits Ian Richardson is shown in close up saying "God save the King" See more »

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F.U. Rocks!
23 October 2014 | by kikkapi20See all my reviews

Prime Minister Francis Urqhart will stop at nothing in his bid to gain ultimate control over Great Britain. Now, he is threatening to expose some of the royal families most scandalous secrets if the king continues to stand in his way. The media explodes as the two men go head to head in their efforts to gain the upper hand. Stories of sexual escapades, economic fiascos and more flood TV, magazines, the internet and newspapers. It appears that Urqhart just may succeed in his attempt to overthrow the monarchy.

Underhanded, dirty, low down politics (are we sure this isn't the U.S?) take center stage in this story of ego and the ultimate bid for supremacy.


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