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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 (7 years ago) Permalink

You might say that. I could not possibly comment.

Michael White, Friday, 8 June 2007 18:03 (7 years ago) Permalink

no love for this... :-(

the next grozart, Saturday, 9 June 2007 16:14 (7 years ago) Permalink

My parents loved it.

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 9 June 2007 16:16 (7 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 (5 years ago) Permalink

So good. Everyone should watch it.

BTW, I'm frightfully middle-class (chap), Wednesday, 27 January 2010 00:36 (5 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 (5 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 (5 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 (5 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 (5 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 (5 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 (5 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 (5 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 (5 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 (5 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 (5 years ago) Permalink

"Daddy!"

yeah this was definitely an EEP moment

Tracer Hand, Wednesday, 27 January 2010 17:26 (5 years ago) Permalink

have you seen tinker, tailor, soldier, spy?

conrad, Wednesday, 27 January 2010 20:18 (5 years ago) Permalink

nope but i want to

Tracer Hand, Saturday, 30 January 2010 16:34 (5 years ago) Permalink

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

Tracer Hand, Saturday, 30 January 2010 16:35 (5 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 (5 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 (5 years ago) Permalink

Yeah I liked her more actually.

xyzzzz__, Saturday, 30 January 2010 21:09 (5 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 (5 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 (5 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 (5 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 (5 years ago) Permalink

9 months pass...

watchin this again! :-)

village idiot (dog latin), Monday, 1 November 2010 10:03 (4 years ago) Permalink

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

Dan I., Monday, 1 November 2010 10:16 (4 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 (4 years ago) Permalink

totes

progressive cuts (Tracer Hand), Monday, 1 November 2010 14:47 (4 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 (4 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 (3 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 (2 years 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 (2 years ago) Permalink

Kate Mara = Rooney's older sister.

canonical casual cordouroy (Eazy), Thursday, 20 September 2012 18:46 (2 years 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 (2 years ago) Permalink

balls, Saturday, 3 May 2014 03:37 (10 months ago) Permalink

^^^ show's major achievement

difficult listening hour, Saturday, 3 May 2014 03:39 (10 months ago) Permalink

Frank going from President to Erik Prince would be a good move.

That's So (Eazy), Saturday, 3 May 2014 05:08 (10 months ago) Permalink

i kinda love this show but i really really love how tv crits can't stand this show

balls, Saturday, 3 May 2014 05:43 (10 months ago) Permalink

it's funny that they're treating it like 'seasons'.

it seems more like 'we're gonna make you watch this other long-ass thing again next year'

j., Saturday, 3 May 2014 14:21 (10 months ago) Permalink

slam dunk, Saturday, 3 May 2014 23:09 (10 months ago) Permalink

1 month passes...

Fan-art contest:

did click through tho on the money (Eazy), Tuesday, 10 June 2014 20:36 (8 months ago) Permalink

8 months pass...

Going up in the middle of the night tonight.

bit of a singles monster (Eazy), Friday, 27 February 2015 07:05 (6 days ago) Permalink

Doug uses a lolWindows phone

Kiarostami bag (milo z), Saturday, 28 February 2015 03:37 (5 days ago) Permalink

just started. fuck's sake, how's he still around??

slothroprhymes, Saturday, 28 February 2015 14:22 (5 days ago) Permalink

At a certain momennt in the second episode the president gets, ah, a rise out of something that reminded me this show's forebear isn't Advice and Consent but "Dynasty.

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 28 February 2015 14:31 (5 days ago) Permalink

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guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 28 February 2015 14:31 (5 days ago) Permalink

Someone at work has been bugging me to watch this; found used copies of the first two seasons (?--sounds like the concept doesn't apply) last week, watched the first episode last night. (Sorry, late.)

I don't know. I hope it gets a lot better very quickly before I invest too much time in this. (Advise and Consent did cross my mind, primarily because of Spacey's corny accent.)

clemenza, Saturday, 28 February 2015 14:38 (5 days ago) Permalink

I sunk about an ep and a half into this before deciding it wasn't for me. I prefer my cartoon villains maybe a little more seductive, a little more inflected

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Saturday, 28 February 2015 15:05 (5 days ago) Permalink

At a certain momennt in the second episode the president gets, ah, a rise out of something that reminded me this show's forebear isn't /Advice and Consent/ but "Dynasty.
--guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn)

of course. it's up-market Scandal. i will say that the first ep wasn't bad at all. the changed dynamic - frank under siege and not owning everybody right from the get-go, is an improvement.

slothroprhymes, Saturday, 28 February 2015 15:19 (5 days ago) Permalink

i was bored by this last night, and i used to really like this show. it's no longer thrilling to see how shameless frank is

Treeship, Saturday, 28 February 2015 15:29 (5 days ago) Permalink

i never finished the 2nd season. maria did. i got bored the more implausible everything got. just too much to ignore as far as unlikely situations go.

scott seward, Saturday, 28 February 2015 15:58 (5 days ago) Permalink

Yeah, when the show presents itself so seriously and cynically, the aspects that are naive and implausible are that much harder to swallow.

Tove Lo Tove You Baby (jaymc), Saturday, 28 February 2015 16:23 (5 days ago) Permalink

there are lots of scenes in all the netflix shows i have watched where there are, like, two people in a room and i can't help but think that there is no way in hell there would only be two people in the room. you can't really be clandestine with the president. it doesn't work like that. just the fact that frank and his wife and ONE lobbyist basically ran everything....a bit ridiculous.

that agent scully Fall show drove me up a wall. HUGE serial killer case in a big city and she's sitting there watching footage of the killer and one of his victims by herself! that seattle show with the mopey cops was the same deal. big high-profile murder case in a major city and those two doofuses are scurrying around by themselves in the dark with nobody else around.

i know, drama and suspense and all that. but still...all these people in real life are completely surrounded by other people.

scott seward, Saturday, 28 February 2015 16:27 (5 days ago) Permalink

show has greatly stepped up its cameo game, that's for sure

slothroprhymes, Saturday, 28 February 2015 17:47 (5 days ago) Permalink

I'm in love with the biographer: Edward Snowden with a hangover

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Sunday, 1 March 2015 15:01 (4 days ago) Permalink

i know, drama and suspense and all that. but still...all these people in real life are completely surrounded by other people.

yeah I think it's unlikely that Obama would be left all by himself to urinate on his dad's grave

paolo, Sunday, 1 March 2015 17:43 (4 days ago) Permalink

Enjoying the quasi-Putin and the "as themselves" cameo in ep. 3.

bit of a singles monster (Eazy), Sunday, 1 March 2015 20:05 (4 days ago) Permalink

halfway through the new season, it's a total snooze-fest.

Brio2, Monday, 2 March 2015 13:45 (3 days ago) Permalink

season three does a reasonable job of giving multiple characters story arcs, but it's Stamper's that's probably the best and most harrowing

he really has three phases: broken man, possible redemption as a decent human being, and nasty political assassin creature with little humanity (his existence prior to season three, really)

mh, Monday, 2 March 2015 15:55 (3 days ago) Permalink

The assassin part is...not credible. Not even incredible.

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 2 March 2015 16:11 (3 days ago) Permalink

@DennisThePerrin
Watching the new season of HOUSE OF CARDS is rekindling my faith in the criminality of the US political system.

touch of a love-starved cobra (Dr Morbius), Monday, 2 March 2015 16:18 (3 days ago) Permalink

i mean, he's not wrong, but that's also sort of like saying bond villains really made you understand that terrorism was bad

slothroprhymes, Monday, 2 March 2015 16:21 (3 days ago) Permalink

burrow into eight more levels of sarcasm

touch of a love-starved cobra (Dr Morbius), Monday, 2 March 2015 16:26 (3 days ago) Permalink

Finding this dull reminds me of when folks watching The Sopranos got mad when not enough people were getting whacked per episode.

bit of a singles monster (Eazy), Monday, 2 March 2015 22:17 (3 days ago) Permalink

It's dull but Frank's moment of weakness with the victim of the drone attack was maybe the best character-moment in the series.

Kiarostami bag (milo z), Monday, 2 March 2015 22:19 (3 days ago) Permalink

I wasn't paying full attention to Ep2 - someone want to spoil what happened with Frank when he was laying there and RWP hopped on?

Kiarostami bag (milo z), Monday, 2 March 2015 22:19 (3 days ago) Permalink

Meechum sat on his face.

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 2 March 2015 22:30 (3 days ago) Permalink

xp she is just RW these days, probably to the benefit of her long-term sanity and happiness

slothroprhymes, Monday, 2 March 2015 22:41 (3 days ago) Permalink

this show is about as dull as a wet fart

gr8080, Tuesday, 3 March 2015 05:39 (2 days ago) Permalink

^^underrated Frank Underwood quote

bit of a singles monster (Eazy), Tuesday, 3 March 2015 06:20 (2 days ago) Permalink

yeah this became unwatchable for me in early s2 (not because it changed). it has a pompous color temperature.

difficult listening hour, Tuesday, 3 March 2015 08:09 (2 days ago) Permalink

I gave up on this early S2 as well. I think I just couldn't suspend disbelief enough for it.

Just noise and screaming and no musical value at all. (Colonel Poo), Tuesday, 3 March 2015 09:06 (2 days ago) Permalink

thats's what i said! i'm right there with ya, poo.

scott seward, Tuesday, 3 March 2015 12:42 (2 days ago) Permalink

maria still likes it okay. i dunno, i'm also kinda TV'd out this winter. lotta nights curled up by the warm netflix and hulu. i even got tired of Vikings after the son of anarchy became Viking king.

scott seward, Tuesday, 3 March 2015 12:44 (2 days ago) Permalink

I've tried watching an episode of this but am having trouble not comparing it to the UK 90s version. Should I stick to it?

Unheimlich Manouevre (dog latin), Tuesday, 3 March 2015 12:44 (2 days ago) Permalink

i've actually been looking for movies to watch on t.v.! can you believe it? positively dickensian. watched les blank garlic documentary the other night.

scott seward, Tuesday, 3 March 2015 12:45 (2 days ago) Permalink

"Should I stick to it?"

the first season is really the best, so, if you don't like that...

scott seward, Tuesday, 3 March 2015 12:46 (2 days ago) Permalink

I'm liking season 3 more than 2 so far (I finished the first four last night). the main problem for me believing that Underwood is any kind of Democrat when his big plan is scrapping SS, Medicare, and Medicaid.

akm, Wednesday, 4 March 2015 00:32 (Yesterday) Permalink

I'm liking season 3 more than 2 so far (I finished the first four last night). the main problem for me believing that Underwood Clinton is any kind of Democrat when his big plan is scrapping SS, Medicare, and Medicaid.

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Wednesday, 4 March 2015 00:37 (Yesterday) Permalink

season 3 indeed

difficult listening hour, Wednesday, 4 March 2015 03:11 (Yesterday) Permalink

heh

gr8080, Wednesday, 4 March 2015 11:49 (Yesterday) Permalink

ok during spacey and robin wright's big fight at the end of episode 6 he just completely drops his southern accent for 15 minutes in a row, did this intensely bother anyone else?

slam dunk, Thursday, 5 March 2015 11:19 (3 hours ago) Permalink

like all season he's saying "hwhat" and "hwhere" and i do declare but suddenly becomes glengarry glen spacey and no one on the set noticed? does he have that much clout?

slam dunk, Thursday, 5 March 2015 11:21 (3 hours ago) Permalink

his accent is terrible anyway, he should just drop it for good

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Thursday, 5 March 2015 11:36 (2 hours ago) Permalink


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