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House of Cards 

The schemes of a ruthlessly ambitious British politician who will stop at nothing to get to the top.
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1990  
Top Rated TV #177 | 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 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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18 November 1990 (UK) See more »

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Ein Kartenhaus See more »

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(4 parts)

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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 »

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Francis Urquhart: I'm the Chief Whip. Merely a functionary. I keep the troops in line. I put a bit of stick about. I make 'em jump.
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Nothing short of BRILLIANT!!!
25 April 2004 | by elgatonySee all my reviews

One night I happened to be channel surfing looking for the next sci-fi, action, horror thriller when I happened upon PBS's broadcast of the BBC's "House of Cards." I put down the remote for a good 4 hours because what I was experiencing was something truly special. "House of Cards", of course, does not have aliens or chainsaw wielding maniacs. "HOC"'s monster is instead someone frightfully believable. Thanks to Ian Richardson's amazing performance, one can believe such a monster exists and can become PM or President. I won't beat the Shakespeare comparison horse (other users have done so and you can read their comments) but Mrs. Urquhart could easily hold her own in a series focused solely on her. Indeed, all of the characters are well-written and not dumbed-down to the viewer. If only American TV had the guts to produce something like "House of Cards" and let it end instead of dragging it on forever like the American version of "Queer as Folk." That aside, Dobbs and Davis have written a nice tidy political thriller which made me hunt down the DVD years after I saw the TV showing and made me recommend the trilogy to all my friends. I say give "House of Cards" and the sequels a try. Your remote and your intellect will thank you for it.


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