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 Francis Urquhart (4 episodes, 1990)
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 Mattie Storin (4 episodes, 1990)
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 Roger O'Neill (4 episodes, 1990)
Alphonsia Emmanuel ...
 Penny Guy (4 episodes, 1990)
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 Patrick Woolton (4 episodes, 1990)
Diane Fletcher ...
 Elizabeth Urquhart (4 episodes, 1990)
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 Tim Stamper (4 episodes, 1990)
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 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)
John Arnatt ...
 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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4:3
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John Major's then-running campaign for the leadership of the Conservative party following Margaret Thatcher's ousting actually downed tools when the series aired in order to watch it. See more »

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[speaking to camera]
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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Best political thriller I've seen so far
1 March 1999 | by (Bushey, England) – See all my reviews

This is without any doubt the best political thriller I have so far seen. Not only does everything seem so chillingly possible, I also think the actors are great, especially Ian Richardson. What I liked best was the end - it is different than the ending in Michael Dobbs' book. One should of course despise Francis Urquart, but his charm makes that very difficult. House of Cards is a must!


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