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 Roger O'Neill 4 episodes, 1990
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 Penny Guy 4 episodes, 1990
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 Tim Stamper 4 episodes, 1990
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 John Krajewski 4 episodes, 1990
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James Villiers ...
 Charles Collingridge 3 episodes, 1990
Isabelle Amyes ...
 Anne Collingridge 3 episodes, 1990
John Hartley ...
 Greville Preston 3 episodes, 1990
Nicholas Selby ...
Tommy Boyle ...
 Stephen Kendrick 2 episodes, 1990
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 Sir Jasper Grainger 2 episodes, 1990
Richard Braine ...
 Kevin Spence 2 episodes, 1990
Hugh Dickson ...
 Dr. Andrew Christian 2 episodes, 1990
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 where 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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Ein Kartenhaus  »

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Francis Urquhart's catchphrase "You might very well think that; but I couldn't possibly comment" (meaning "Yes, but I'll deny everything if challenged") has become part of the English political language. "Urquhart's Avoidance" is as widely known as real-life political euphemisms such as "he wants to spend more time with his family" ("he's been sacked or resigned in disgrace") and "he's been economical with the truth" ("he's told blatant lies to save his own skin"). See more »

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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 fantastic series - entertaining, dark and relevant
7 January 1999 | by (San Francisco, California) – See all my reviews

"House of Cards" is an entertaining and frightening tale. Ian Richardson, playing the intelligent and ruthless Francis Urquhart, immediately draws the viewer into the tale with his wry comments to the camera, discreet confidences just between the two of you, and compels you to accompany him as the tale moves from an amusing political fantasy to something altogether darker.

The writing and acting is spot on (I must give kudos to Susannah Harker whose fine performance as Mattie Storin has, I think, been overlooked by many viewers), and the pace of the show doesn't slow until the final, shocking end.

I am constantly recommending "House of Cards" to friends, to the point of hosting viewing parties at my place every few months, and I'm not tired of watching it, yet! :) I find that anyone who enjoys such pieces as "I, Claudius" or any other involuted, political drama, will enjoy "House of Cards".


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