Got sucked into this series by the first episode.. A "black-hearted villain" was the billing for Ian Richardson's lead character. "Yes, you may say that but, I can't comment" would be Francis Urqhardt's (played by Richardson) patented response with, maybe, the most evil smile of all time.
This original House of Cards series from the mid-1990s is excellently written and acted...particularly in the the first and second set of 4 episodes. More than a half-dozen jaw dropping stunning moments are served up by Francis Urqhardt...not a man to have behind you...
Lastly, be sure to check out the video (on the bonus features disc) about the British Parliament buildings by MP Tony Benn (1925 - 2014). Through a personal travelogue of the Palace of Westminster he explains how the British government functions while walking through entire building and its 700+ year history.
A couple of interesting factoids:
-there are remnants of French occupation of England, under William the Conqueror, in British parlimentary procedures (as of filming in 1995)
-England was a republic...without a King/Queen...for 10 years...in 1650 - 1660.
-While standing in front of a painting of the 1st Christian Crusades, Benn characterized them as the 1st Gulf War and how European arms dealers sold weapons to both sides - Christians and Muslims.
-Mr. Ben predicts...in 1995...that with the fall of Communism, the next big war will be return to a war against Islam.
A great watch. What a vile politician this man is in this superbly acted and written story. It depicts one man's viciousness on his rise to power. Of course it is not a viciousness that most people see or understand and that is how he is able to advance himself.
We enjoyed all three of DVDs in this series.
this is pure entertainment! what a villan he is and his wife is even worse! I loved it when he would turn and say something to the listeners. I highly recommend this film for sheer watching pleasure.
Saw House of Cards on TV many years ago and we were thrilled to see it again on DVD.
Now looking forward to Parts 2 & 3,
Barb' and Ray.
A superb production. Ian Richardson's performance is outstanding, and the rest of the cast are not far behind. One of the very best from the BBC.
The purple villainy made me think, "Now, really, would he go that far?." Like a guilty pleasure, going to move on to the other two series in the trilogy. Cross the board excellent acting elevates this artistic satire. There are no throwaway stock characters--ensemble gold.
Nobody does drama like the Brits...and this villian is the BEST! if you like anything BBC or Masterpiece Theatre you have to see Ian Richardson in this....and then there are the next episodes...
Unlikely little Brit political intrigue in which the main character annoyingly talks to the camera. It's set in a never-never land where everyone seems to sit around waiting to be used, high-powered MPs act like air-headed louts with no plans of their own, cassette tapes always rewind to the exact spot needed and London appears to be crawling with rats... or is it just one big rat? I guess there's supposed to be something meaningful there but this is such pretentious twaddle I can hardly care.
This is the second time around to have the pleasure of watching Ian Richardson in the role of the machiavellian Francis Urqhart and enjoying it every bit as much as the first time. This is brilliant work
One of the best British series!
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