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Just got the trilogy out the library. I was a bit too young to appreciate how awesome this show was at the time but I saw the first episode and it's brilliant! Like the Sopranos but set in Thatcherite Parliament. Awesome!

the next grozart, Friday, 8 June 2007 17:54 (6 years ago) Permalink

You might say that. I could not possibly comment.

Michael White, Friday, 8 June 2007 18:03 (6 years ago) Permalink

no love for this... :-(

the next grozart, Saturday, 9 June 2007 16:14 (6 years ago) Permalink

My parents loved it.

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 9 June 2007 16:16 (6 years ago) Permalink

2 years pass...

this is freaking phenomenal. how could i have been unaware of the existence of ian richardson for my entire life???

Tracer Hand, Tuesday, 26 January 2010 23:35 (4 years ago) Permalink

So good. Everyone should watch it.

BTW, I'm frightfully middle-class (chap), Wednesday, 27 January 2010 00:36 (4 years ago) Permalink

I think To Play the King is my favourite of the trilogy.

BTW, I'm frightfully middle-class (chap), Wednesday, 27 January 2010 00:37 (4 years ago) Permalink

Remembered watching when I was quite young and loving it, but heaps must have gone over my head. Have just been given the complete DVD set. Will enjoy!

X-post: Yeah, the whole destroy Prince Charles thing done very well!

Attention please, a child has been lost in the tunnel of goats. (James Morrison), Wednesday, 27 January 2010 00:38 (4 years ago) Permalink

The Sopranos comparison at the top of the thread is apt in that you objectively find the protagonist repugnant on every level, but can't help but root for him.

BTW, I'm frightfully middle-class (chap), Wednesday, 27 January 2010 00:40 (4 years ago) Permalink

it's because ian richardson is quite possibly the most charming actor who ever lived.

he is just impeccable in this. so precise. so sure of himself. so vain.

there's a scene in the third episode, about 4 or 5 minutes in, when the PM has just announced his resignation. richardson comes into the MPs' washroom - where we/the camera are - and talks to us about it, his voice simply dripping with disdain for the PM.

i've watched this short scene about 5 or 6 times now. throughout his speech he is doing what you do in a washroom, down to the last detail. he takes off his jacket and hangs it on the door. he uses the urinal. still talking to us, of course, looking right in the camera. he goes to the sink, removes his ring, soaps up his hands, still talking. rinses them, shakes them violently a few times, dries them, heads back for the door, takes his coat, puts it on.. and with each of these small bits of business, linked seamlessly and naturally together, he emphasizes what he's saying. he uses all of it as punctuation to his speech.

apparently he modelled francis on richard III (francis even quotes from that play in one scene with his wife). i wish i could have seen him on stage.

Tracer Hand, Wednesday, 27 January 2010 13:04 (4 years ago) Permalink

The scene in question:

"An admirable trait in a spaniel... Or a whore... But not, I think, in a Prime Minister."

BTW, I'm frightfully middle-class (chap), Wednesday, 27 January 2010 13:30 (4 years ago) Permalink

I always feel oddly flattered when he addresses the camera, the audience is the only entity he treats as an equal apart from his wife.

BTW, I'm frightfully middle-class (chap), Wednesday, 27 January 2010 13:42 (4 years ago) Permalink

LOVE this series

i have been on a bbc tear lately. this and edge of darkness are top-notch, i am reevaluating my opinion of british culture.

max, Wednesday, 27 January 2010 13:59 (4 years ago) Permalink

also cant stop irritating my coworkers by saying "YOU might think that... I couldnt possibly comment"

max, Wednesday, 27 January 2010 14:00 (4 years ago) Permalink

^^^as you are working in PR you may find that a useful sentence from time to time. Your coworkers will stop wanting to kill you the first time you use it on a hostile journalist.

I love this series - self and boyfriend at the time watched it when it first aired, riveted to the sofa.

gnothi sautée (suzy), Wednesday, 27 January 2010 14:04 (4 years ago) Permalink

apparently he modelled francis on richard III

I think I read that Richardson wouldn't come back for the third series unless something unseemly befell FU since he felt he'd made him entirely too seductive a vilain.

"Daddy!"

Mit der Kattzheit kaempfen Goetter selbst vergebens (Michael White), Wednesday, 27 January 2010 15:30 (4 years ago) Permalink

"Daddy!"

yeah this was definitely an EEP moment

Tracer Hand, Wednesday, 27 January 2010 17:26 (4 years ago) Permalink

have you seen tinker, tailor, soldier, spy?

conrad, Wednesday, 27 January 2010 20:18 (4 years ago) Permalink

nope but i want to

Tracer Hand, Saturday, 30 January 2010 16:34 (4 years ago) Permalink

Love the way this ended, by the way (Part I that is)

Tracer Hand, Saturday, 30 January 2010 16:35 (4 years ago) Permalink

My memories were that I liked it at the beginning but I got more resistant to his Shakesperian mask...the catchphrase wore itself out amidst those ever so ridiculous plots.

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 30 January 2010 21:05 (4 years ago) Permalink

I thought the 3rd one was a bit disappointing, except his wife really came into her own in it.

sarahel, Saturday, 30 January 2010 21:06 (4 years ago) Permalink

Yeah I liked her more actually.

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 30 January 2010 21:09 (4 years ago) Permalink

The third is the weakest, but it's still good. Geoffrey Boozer-Pitt is an excellent character.

BTW, I'm frightfully middle-class (chap), Sunday, 31 January 2010 21:22 (4 years ago) Permalink

man i've GOT to see this show, i must have missed it when it was on the bbc first time round. i recall the hype dimly. god knows what i was doing instead at the time.
was it 3 self contained series? is he the same 'rank'/ title in all 3?

piscesx, Sunday, 31 January 2010 22:41 (4 years ago) Permalink

I saw the first series and liked it a lot - it was on at exactly the same time as Thatcher's downfall, wasn't it? I've never seen the second or third ones.

Home Taping Is Killing Muzak (Nasty, Brutish & Short), Sunday, 31 January 2010 22:48 (4 years ago) Permalink

was it 3 self contained series? is he the same 'rank'/ title in all 3?

They're all pretty much self-contained, but there are threads running through all three. Each series is four hour-long episodes. He's Chief Whip in the first, and PM in the second two.

BTW, I'm frightfully middle-class (chap), Sunday, 31 January 2010 23:17 (4 years ago) Permalink

9 months pass...

watchin this again! :-)

village idiot (dog latin), Monday, 1 November 2010 10:03 (3 years ago) Permalink

Hey, they're on netflix! This looks good!

Dan I., Monday, 1 November 2010 10:16 (3 years ago) Permalink

If he's Richard III then his wife is Lady Macbeth

A Reclaimer Hewn With (Michael White), Monday, 1 November 2010 14:41 (3 years ago) Permalink

totes

progressive cuts (Tracer Hand), Monday, 1 November 2010 14:47 (3 years ago) Permalink

god the irish bloke in this...prob the worst paddy stereotype i've ever seen in a drama, not least cos it appears to be a genuine attempt at crafting a character. also...tories in the 80s, would they REALLY have an Irish press officer? like how many years after hunger strikes and shit? can't believe they'd want an Irish guy or an Irish person would want to work for them.

his name is Roger O'Neill and they mention him playing rugby a lot so is he meant to be protestant or something? V confused as a character, or second gen Irish?

this show is good but it's imperfect imo, some of the "sardonic asides" are a bit too comfortable/cosy.

I see what this is (Local Garda), Sunday, 7 November 2010 21:36 (3 years ago) Permalink

4 months pass...

so apparently kevin spacey and david fincher are remaking this... for netflix?

max, Wednesday, 16 March 2011 04:27 (3 years ago) Permalink

i actually think spacey could do pretty well, hes got that kind of menacing camp thing going on

max, Wednesday, 16 March 2011 04:28 (3 years ago) Permalink

for ONE HUNDRED MILLION DOLLARS

three megabytes of hot RAM (abanana), Wednesday, 16 March 2011 05:16 (3 years ago) Permalink

this is interesting news

could be awesome

'apparently aaron sorkin is scripting an ed gein biopic' - an entertainment news blog

suggest and ban is my favourite combination (history mayne), Wednesday, 16 March 2011 09:14 (3 years ago) Permalink

No, terrible idea.

Inevitable stupid dubstep mix (chap), Wednesday, 16 March 2011 21:24 (3 years ago) Permalink

how so?

the original is good -- ian richardson kills it obvi -- but it's not like it couldn't be done again well. plus that was a four-parter, this is already 26 episodes, so it's not going to be the same.

suggest and ban is my favourite combination (history mayne), Wednesday, 16 March 2011 21:26 (3 years ago) Permalink

aw this is gonna be 26 episodes? was hoping for a 12-episode hbo-style series

max, Wednesday, 16 March 2011 21:27 (3 years ago) Permalink

they've ordered 2x series of 13 eps, which is bold

suggest and ban is my favourite combination (history mayne), Wednesday, 16 March 2011 21:28 (3 years ago) Permalink

2 arcs over 13 episodes each better than 1 over 16, i think

max, Wednesday, 16 March 2011 21:45 (3 years ago) Permalink

26, rather. esp with a show like this.

max, Wednesday, 16 March 2011 21:45 (3 years ago) Permalink

yeah. the really long 23-ep thing... <3 'the west wing' but in general 23 eps is too much for full-length shows. though im loving the hell out of the_killing.

suggest and ban is my favourite combination (history mayne), Wednesday, 16 March 2011 22:10 (3 years ago) Permalink

It doesn't matter if it's not as good as UK series, cuz only US politics/BBC nerds hv seen Richardson version.

http://tunedin.blogs.time.com/2011/03/18/its-not-tv-its-netflix-fincherspacey-house-of-cards-set-for-late-2012/

your generation appalls me (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 27 March 2011 14:47 (3 years ago) Permalink

will be interested in this version if villain is a Democrat btw

your generation appalls me (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 27 March 2011 14:52 (3 years ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

Just started watching this last night, great stuff. Richardson breaking the 4th wall every so often is ultra-effective. Also notable how different London looked just 20yrs ago.

Neil S, Sunday, 8 May 2011 10:46 (2 years ago) Permalink

1 year passes...

so apparently kevin spacey and david fincher are remaking this... for netflix?

― max, Wednesday, March 16, 2011 12:27 AM (1 year ago)

this is filming right now... in baltimore

The new Netflix political drama "House of Cards" is now in production in the Baltimore, Maryland and Washington, D.C. areas. The casting directors are auditioning actors in New York, Los Angeles and Baltimore/D.C. for guest starring, recurring, and day player roles. In addition to the acting roles, many extras are being hired throughout the season. "House of Cards" will be based on the BBC miniseries of the same name. That original BBC version was based on a novel from British author Michael Dobbs. Netflix has ordered two seasons of episodes.

Starring in "House of Cards" is two-time Academy Award winner Kevin Spacey as Rep. Frank Underwood, a House of Representatives Majority Whip who, after not being appointed Secretary of State, derives a plan to bring down the new president and take over the Oval Office. Golden Globe Award nominee Robin Wright plays Frank's wife Claire Underwood; Kate Mara is playing Zoe Barnes, a reporter for a Washington paper who conspires with Underwood to land a killer scoop; Michael Gill plays U.S. President Garrett Walker; two-time Tony nominee Jayne Atkinson is Sen. Catherine Durant; Corey Stoll landed the role of womanizing Rep. Patrick Russo, and Kristen Connolly plays Russo's Executive Assistant Christina Malone with whom he has a torrid affair.

am0n, Thursday, 20 September 2012 18:40 (1 year ago) Permalink

i tried to watch this recently, i found it oddly unamenable. does it become less arch after the first ten minutes?

human centipede hz (thomp), Thursday, 20 September 2012 18:44 (1 year ago) Permalink

Kate Mara = Rooney's older sister.

canonical casual cordouroy (Eazy), Thursday, 20 September 2012 18:46 (1 year ago) Permalink

does it become less arch after the first ten minutes?

― human centipede hz (thomp)

Oh it's incredibly arch. I still love it.

I wish to incorporate disco into my small business (chap), Thursday, 20 September 2012 18:59 (1 year ago) Permalink

ep 5 all the civil war stuff was incredible.

i like how just deeply mordent the show can get, surreal flashes of bleak imagery.

(oh and obv. he's not getting anything important done, that's i think one of the reoccurring themes -- that getting anything done [much less anything right done] matters less than looking like you're getting something done, which matters only because that's how you get more power)

eric banana (s.clover), Sunday, 16 February 2014 07:10 (2 months ago) Permalink

still on ep 1 but lol morbs accidentally giving this show credit for being shakespearean

Insane Prince of False Binaries (Gukbe), Sunday, 16 February 2014 07:37 (2 months ago) Permalink

'he's worried about his marriage counseling, as he should be.'

'if you're worried about your marriage counseling, you shouldn't be.'

j., Sunday, 16 February 2014 07:53 (2 months ago) Permalink

Loved Ep1. Loved the whole pregnancy/makeup/ageing thing going on, I've got a feeling I'm going to enjoy this season a lot. Oh, and [spoiler] that happened in ep1 actually happened at the end of the British S1, iirc.

he had tons of money in the bank and left the toilet seat up (NotEnough), Sunday, 16 February 2014 09:14 (2 months ago) Permalink

one of the lines above was the "taste the bone" bit in the civil war ep. another of those was the "slow bleed" bit from freddy. super writerly, but i like the idea of a world where at any moment an unexpected person just slips into that -- reminds me of all things, of onion's porkin' across america.

eric banana (s.clover), Sunday, 16 February 2014 16:01 (2 months ago) Permalink

I'm almost done. Lurid trash, it turns out, and all the better for it.

Bryan Fairy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 16 February 2014 16:15 (2 months ago) Permalink

Seriously, Robin Wright's just amazing. Known a number of women like Claire (minus the evil part) and haven't seen them portrayed so fully. She's a master of nuanced head-tilts.

That's So (Eazy), Sunday, 16 February 2014 16:47 (2 months ago) Permalink

I'm almost done. Lurid trash, it turns out, and all the better for it.

― Bryan Fairy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 16 February 2014 16:15 (1 hour ago) Permalink

otm, they're really embracing that this season. consequently it's way more entertaining.

iFrankenstein (latebloomer), Sunday, 16 February 2014 18:01 (2 months ago) Permalink

so much of this season is so ridiculous (the Underwoods insisting on transforming their brownstone into the veep's manse, the obviousness with which Spacey telegraphs unctuousness, the First Lady's jealousy) that the producers should say fuck it and let Robin Wright lead. I love the way she makes erotic neutral colors like slate; it's like her acting.

Bryan Fairy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 17 February 2014 00:28 (2 months ago) Permalink

they should say fuck it and follow congresswoman molly parker around, ungh

j., Monday, 17 February 2014 00:42 (2 months ago) Permalink

BBC original has been remastered in HD if, like me, the crappy , sub-DVD version on Netflix gives you a headache.

Kiarostami bag (milo z), Monday, 17 February 2014 05:17 (2 months ago) Permalink

Just finished episode 11. I'm sure there were far fewer sexy times in S1 as there is this time round, even including FU and the tiny journalist. Tho I suppose interrogating the ways that sex=power is integral to both this and the BBC series.

he had tons of money in the bank and left the toilet seat up (NotEnough), Tuesday, 18 February 2014 21:41 (2 months ago) Permalink

just finished the season. bummed about stamper. presumably season three is the house falling down. threesome was lol.

balls, Wednesday, 19 February 2014 08:19 (2 months ago) Permalink

I'm an episode and a half from the end. We saw Chinese Guy's exploits. Is there another involving a certain Secret Service guy?

Bryan Fairy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 19 February 2014 11:58 (2 months ago) Permalink

I think this show is better when it's being ridiculous. When it's trying to be "political" it's complete garbage.

Major LOLs at serious IT guy whose iphone doesn't have a passlock (and the HACKER knew it wouldn't have a passlock). Also TV interview outing rapist was hilarious. Reminded me of all those other gotcha interviews where politicians/wives called out their victimizers on live national television.

One bad call from barely losing to (Alex in SF), Wednesday, 19 February 2014 13:46 (2 months ago) Permalink

season 3 he becomes king of england, season 4 emperor of the galactic republic.

eric banana (s.clover), Wednesday, 19 February 2014 14:13 (2 months ago) Permalink

season 5 he runs for condo board

eric banana (s.clover), Wednesday, 19 February 2014 14:13 (2 months ago) Permalink

I loled at the idea that a Machiavellian as pronounced as Frank Underwood wouldn't know that ribs guy's son was a felon.

Bryan Fairy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 19 February 2014 14:41 (2 months ago) Permalink

just finished the season. bummed about stamper.

ever heard the word "spoiler"? It's not like we can all make it through this in 6 days

I got the glares, the mutterings, the snarls (President Keyes), Wednesday, 19 February 2014 15:37 (2 months ago) Permalink

it's a new era grandpa

j., Wednesday, 19 February 2014 15:47 (2 months ago) Permalink

ok future boy

I got the glares, the mutterings, the snarls (President Keyes), Wednesday, 19 February 2014 15:52 (2 months ago) Permalink

sorry

*SPOILERS*

frank underwood betrays someone and emerges victorious

claire underwood appears as ruthless as her husband but there are moments where you can see cracks in the facade

bummed about stamper

omg kinky

when you play the game of thrones you win or you die

*SPOILERS*

warning: if you have not finished season 1 of house of cards do not read the above

balls, Wednesday, 19 February 2014 16:01 (2 months ago) Permalink

Jackal Onassis is surprisingly good with puters

4. Nels Cline and My Uncle Eat Soup at Panera Bread (3:37) (Sufjan Grafton), Wednesday, 19 February 2014 16:38 (2 months ago) Permalink

not reading this whole thread for fear of spoilers but let me just say I pegged the xtian lezzing from the first time those two were together on the bus

and now I want to start a dating site called XTIANLEZZING.COM

akm, Wednesday, 19 February 2014 22:00 (2 months ago) Permalink

I hope that the Rachel character does better in the next season, but I'm sure not holding out hope

have a nice blood (mh), Wednesday, 19 February 2014 22:02 (2 months ago) Permalink

well, she did kill a dude, so it's not like the world is gonna be disposed to cut her any more breaks than it already hasn't

j., Wednesday, 19 February 2014 23:19 (2 months ago) Permalink

mcpoyle as adrian lamo maybe signaling charlie day as glenn gould in next season?

Philip Nunez, Wednesday, 19 February 2014 23:27 (2 months ago) Permalink

mcpoyle to use his dark net skills to finally figure out who shot him and his gf in vallejo, july 4th, 1969

balls, Wednesday, 19 February 2014 23:32 (2 months ago) Permalink

I kept thinking of him as a mcpoyle brother and it was only mildly distracting

have a nice blood (mh), Thursday, 20 February 2014 02:21 (1 month ago) Permalink

Meechum is so fucking hot.

Bryan Fairy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 20 February 2014 04:22 (1 month ago) Permalink

ha really?

balls, Thursday, 20 February 2014 06:04 (1 month ago) Permalink

Threesome was lol but I'm not entirely sure why it was there. I'm not sure it developed anyone's character and I don't think it was referenced anywhere else. Was the point to contrast with the protestors to illustrate that the Underwoods do lots of stuff you wouldn't approve? Cos that's weak.

he had tons of money in the bank and left the toilet seat up (NotEnough), Thursday, 20 February 2014 07:51 (1 month ago) Permalink

they did threesome because evil people are all bi, duh

I got the glares, the mutterings, the snarls (President Keyes), Thursday, 20 February 2014 14:14 (1 month ago) Permalink

emphasize the relationship dynamic between the Underwoods, imo. they only work well together when they're screwing somebody else.

have a nice blood (mh), Thursday, 20 February 2014 14:47 (1 month ago) Permalink

ha really?

― balls,

He's okay. Unlike a lot of actors who get stupid when they loosen their collars he was cool laughing and slugging bourbon. On the other hand, no secret service guy who's spent months chauffering his guy to a young reporter's place would not only have the acumen to guess his boss is bi but the audacity to caress his hand.

Bryan Fairy (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Thursday, 20 February 2014 14:53 (1 month ago) Permalink

plus meechum's not really secret service.

balls, Thursday, 20 February 2014 16:23 (1 month ago) Permalink

The Citadel episode was one of the best in Season One, and showing Frank as having had a relationship with a dude there--so this seemed like a good continuation of building the complexity of his character. Also harkened back to all interesting open-relationship dynamics between Frank and Claire in the first season.

That's So (Eazy), Thursday, 20 February 2014 16:32 (1 month ago) Permalink

There were definitely a lot of differing sexual dynamics at play in the season, from Stamper's creepy addictive stalking to the cold open to that one episode with Feng paying off that couple for his asphyxiation play session

have a nice blood (mh), Thursday, 20 February 2014 17:20 (1 month ago) Permalink

The A-plot is so convoluted this season it's kind of boring.

Kiarostami bag (milo z), Wednesday, 5 March 2014 03:55 (1 month ago) Permalink

You mean "play billionaire against his friend, the president, until both self-destruct?" There are a lot of pieces that vary throughout the episodes but it's pretty straightforward.

have a nice blood (mh), Wednesday, 5 March 2014 15:03 (1 month ago) Permalink

2 weeks pass...

Finished this the other night, enjoyed it a lot more than the first season because it was just so much more lurid. And there was minimal Zoe Barnes in it.

The Stamper/Rachel plotline was definitely the best though, Doug was such an awesome character.

Matt DC, Friday, 21 March 2014 16:56 (4 weeks ago) Permalink

just finished it last night. am i a simpleton for growing to hate the underwoods and wishing for bad things to happen to them, along with Stamper? I was all "good. he deserved it."

and yes there were many, many twists that were just so ridiculous. the threesome being example #1. except it wasn't really a twist - it went nowhere fast.

tobo73, Wednesday, 2 April 2014 17:24 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Also finished this last night (whoa). I had a hard time following the specifics of Franks machinations tbh but that didnt affect my enjoyment of the show too much. I kinda dont get why anyone would conspire with him; clearly he's a slimy traitor.

très hip (Treeship), Wednesday, 2 April 2014 18:23 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

because you could end up being vice president or w/e

have a nice blood/orange bitters cocktail (mh), Wednesday, 2 April 2014 18:30 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Absolutely loved season 1, but what's all this nonsense with guinea pig crushing, civil war reenactments and sinister auto-erotic asphixiating Japenese businessmen?

the joke should be over once the kid is eaten. (chap), Tuesday, 8 April 2014 11:38 (1 week ago) Permalink

That businessman was Chinese?

civil war reenactments are totally a thing in Underwood's part of the country

have a nice blood/orange bitters cocktail (mh), Tuesday, 8 April 2014 13:40 (1 week ago) Permalink

Like massive days-long reenactments where people never leave character?

the joke should be over once the kid is eaten. (chap), Tuesday, 8 April 2014 14:46 (1 week ago) Permalink

Oh yeah duh Chinese sorry. I am racist.

the joke should be over once the kid is eaten. (chap), Tuesday, 8 April 2014 14:47 (1 week ago) Permalink

I went to gettysburg college chap, it's a huge thing

très hip (Treeship), Tuesday, 8 April 2014 16:05 (1 week ago) Permalink


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