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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.


Mit der Kattzheit kaempfen Goetter selbst vergebens (Michael White), Wednesday, 27 January 2010 15:30 (5 years ago) Permalink


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


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 (4 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 (4 years ago) Permalink


three megabytes of hot RAM (abanana), Wednesday, 16 March 2011 05:16 (4 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 (4 years ago) Permalink

No, terrible idea.

Inevitable stupid dubstep mix (chap), Wednesday, 16 March 2011 21:24 (4 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 (4 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 (4 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 (4 years ago) Permalink

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

max, Wednesday, 16 March 2011 21:45 (4 years ago) Permalink

26, rather. esp with a show like this.

max, Wednesday, 16 March 2011 21:45 (4 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 (4 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.

your generation appalls me (Dr Morbius), Sunday, 27 March 2011 14:47 (4 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 (4 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

deleted scenes:

Brio2, Monday, 16 March 2015 18:07 (2 weeks ago) Permalink


Hammer Smashed Bagels, Monday, 16 March 2015 18:21 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

I really hope the bad accent is leading up to a Season 4 reveal that he's actually from Cleveland Ohio and his real name is Casper Fielding

Hammer Smashed Bagels, Monday, 16 March 2015 18:22 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Is it a bad South Carolina accent?

with HD lyrics (Eazy), Monday, 16 March 2015 18:28 (2 weeks ago) Permalink


Brio2, Monday, 16 March 2015 18:29 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

it's wildly inconsistent. I remember asking my friend (who was a big fan) "dear God does his accent get any better" when I started watching it.

Hammer Smashed Bagels, Monday, 16 March 2015 18:31 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

This seems like a pretty thorough breakdown of what he's messing up. Seems like a good point that a South Carolinan of Underwood's class and age would talk like Lindsay Graham:

Brio2, Monday, 16 March 2015 18:43 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

and have Graham's secret habits.

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Monday, 16 March 2015 18:45 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

also, lindsay graham is a woman. but that's common knowledge. not much of a secret.

scott seward, Monday, 16 March 2015 18:50 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

gr8080, Monday, 16 March 2015 19:47 (2 weeks ago) Permalink


scott seward, Monday, 16 March 2015 21:04 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Troels Hartman made such a great Evil Putin Clone that I was prepared to overlook the ridiculousness of him agreeing to share a table with Actual Pussy Riot.

Whole thing is at its best when its at its trashiest.

Matt DC, Monday, 16 March 2015 21:17 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Agree with previous posters that the first season was best but imo that's no surprise. I'm not a big fan of this "new wave of serious TV-shows" or w/e (actually I feel that a lot of people/critics fail to recognize flaws and problems with 10+ hour dramas on "low" budgets without much "style") but I do enjoy them because they are so addictive. Anyway, I was wondering: Whenever a sequel to a movie comes out, a lot of people feel skeptical like "oh this is just an easy way to make money" etc. but the attitude towards modern TV-shows seem entirely different. Is this weird or just me?

video2000, Tuesday, 17 March 2015 10:40 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

(with regards to announcing 2nd, 3rd, or 4th season of a show)*

video2000, Tuesday, 17 March 2015 10:42 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

there's plenty of criticism for shows that overstay their welcome, or tarnish the memory of earlier seasons.

TracerHandVEVO (Tracer Hand), Tuesday, 17 March 2015 13:11 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

yeah - I think especially since the (by all accounts) terrible ending of Lost and the triumphant last season of Breaking Bad, people put a pretty huge premium on the idea of a dramatic series ending well and building toward something rather than fizzling out.

Brio2, Tuesday, 17 March 2015 13:54 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

I've been assuming that Underwood is going to die at the end of this season but I've got a way to go. Three seasons feels like a perfect dramatic arc.

Matt DC, Tuesday, 17 March 2015 13:55 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Jesse Pinkman finally concludes his cross-country journey by driving into a crowd of people while extremely high. One of his victims, sadly, is President Underwood, who was giving a speech at a local fruitstand.

Hammer Smashed Bagels, Tuesday, 17 March 2015 17:30 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

I've been assuming that Underwood is going to die at the end of this season but I've got a way to go. Three seasons feels like a perfect dramatic arc.

― Matt DC

I skimmed some interview with big Kev where he said that he could forsee HoC lasting ten seasons or something ridiculous like that, god help us.

the joke should be over once the kid is eaten. (chap), Tuesday, 17 March 2015 18:15 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

The rib shack burns down with Frank inside, and a pack of wild dogs descend.

with HD lyrics (Eazy), Tuesday, 17 March 2015 18:33 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

4 seasons will make 52 episodes

hot doug stamper (||||||||), Tuesday, 17 March 2015 19:06 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

season 10 he's secretary general on the UN

gr8080, Tuesday, 17 March 2015 19:35 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

season 9, Claire pissed off Presidential Library not named after her.

Brio2, Tuesday, 17 March 2015 22:06 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

Two performances I really like through episode 6: Michael Kelly (Spacey's advisor) and Corey Stoll (Russo).

clemenza, Wednesday, 18 March 2015 16:35 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

On a less positive note, the resolution to the teacher's strike was preposterous.

clemenza, Wednesday, 18 March 2015 23:14 (2 weeks ago) Permalink

not to be spoilery but you'll be so nostalgic for that style of House of Cards preposterousness soon

Brio2, Thursday, 19 March 2015 19:17 (1 week ago) Permalink

The common thread on the show:

*Francis gets sandbagged on an issue
*Stares into space in his office talking to himself
*comes up with Eureeka moment at the 25 minute mark
*solution is really obviously manipulative and harmful to everybody but Francis which nobody seems to notice even after he's fucked them over multiple times
*rinse repeat

Hammer Smashed Bagels, Thursday, 19 March 2015 19:25 (1 week ago) Permalink

Yet it's often entertaining despite that derpishness.

Hammer Smashed Bagels, Thursday, 19 March 2015 19:32 (1 week ago) Permalink

yeah except now the solution is usually just for him to YELL AT EVERYBODY REALLY LOUD

he used to be way more entertainingly tricky

Brio2, Thursday, 19 March 2015 19:35 (1 week ago) Permalink

Yeah his temper tantrums have been much more OTT.

Hammer Smashed Bagels, Thursday, 19 March 2015 19:36 (1 week ago) Permalink

Not as exciting either.

Hammer Smashed Bagels, Thursday, 19 March 2015 19:37 (1 week ago) Permalink

I feel that Frank and Claire are more sympathetic in this series. They're still bad people but it's not like they're totally evil I don't think

paolo, Friday, 20 March 2015 10:27 (1 week ago) Permalink

For the first two series I think HoC was the only TV show where I have not liked the main character at all. Obviously the likes of Tony Soprano/Walter White/Stringer Bell are fairly unpleasant individuals but I was still rooting for them a bit.

paolo, Friday, 20 March 2015 10:30 (1 week ago) Permalink

Finished the first season. Don't read this if you're even farther behind than I am.

I found the last few episodes pretty absorbing. It's definitely not as good as Mad Men--trying to get someone at work to watch Mad Men led to her getting me to watch this--but it's got something, enough to keep me watching. Maybe I'm just getting used to Spacey, but he seemed to tone it down a bit as it went along. His role in Russo's death kind of boxes them in, though; what you want from such a character is that you're of two minds about him, but that becomes pretty difficult when he's murdered someone. I guess they weren't aiming for that. Noticed Carl Franklin directed a couple of episodes, two of the better ones, I think. I'm a little unclear as to what the original plan was, before the watershed bill got killed--which clearly Spacey wanted to pass, right? Was it essentially the same, just with Rachel brought in at a different point in the campaign? Anyway, as far-fetched as it all is, like I say, absorbing. And pretty much every performer besides Spacey is good to excellent. Sorry to see Corey Stall gone, but I continue to be really impressed by Michael Kelly, also Gerald McRaney, and while Kate Mara seemed kind of obvious in the beginning, she gets more interesting towards the end.

clemenza, Sunday, 22 March 2015 03:53 (1 week ago) Permalink

BTW, thought it was peculiar that Dan Gilroy was an executive producer this season without having writing credit on any episodes.

with HD lyrics (Eazy), Monday, 23 March 2015 02:30 (1 week ago) Permalink

Season 2, first episode: final shot of the cufflinks was fantastic. But Zoe Barnes, my goodness--if it hadn't already, it's officially abandoned any connection to the actual world. I guess I'll just enjoy it at that level.

clemenza, Monday, 23 March 2015 02:57 (1 week ago) Permalink

BTW, thought it was peculiar that Dan Gilroy was an executive producer this season without having writing credit on any episodes.
--with HD lyrics (Eazy)

being a consulting producer basically means uncredited writer or at least script polisher as far as I know

slothroprhymes, Monday, 23 March 2015 03:06 (1 week ago) Permalink

xpost yeah it's amazing how Underwood knew exactly where to stand to be out of the line of view of the cameras and how nobody whatsoever saw the shove.

I mean to enjoy the show is to make peace with the fact that these career politicians are really easily duped by the same guy over and over again.

Hammer Smashed Bagels, Monday, 23 March 2015 03:21 (1 week ago) Permalink

Fifth episode, season two, was the first one in a while I didn't like (Feng from China, the Civil War ceremony/reenactment). Seemed to wander off track--Rachel wasn't in the episode at all. The FBI guys swarming Lucas was good.

Don't answer this, obviously, but one thing that makes no sense is that they a) bump off Russo, b) bump off Zoe, but c) go to all this trouble to hide the one person who'd be the easiest to bump off without raising a lot of undue suspicion: Rachel. You would think Underwood and Stamper would begin their (improbable) clean-up with the runaway prostitute estranged from her family.

clemenza, Wednesday, 25 March 2015 14:09 (1 week ago) Permalink

Underwood is the one who does all the bumping off and he can't get close enough to Zoe to do it without arising suspicion. There are other reasons why they don't but that would be spoiling the later episodes.

Matt DC, Wednesday, 25 March 2015 14:11 (1 week ago) Permalink

Err I mean Rachel not Zoe.

Matt DC, Wednesday, 25 March 2015 14:12 (1 week ago) Permalink

I agree that Underwood's everyday access to Russo made it easier to do what he did. But Zoe's murder was cloak-and-dagger stuff; he was in full disguise so as not to be seen. Don't see how him killing Rachel would play out any differently. Anyway, minor point, and you say explanations are on the way. (One reason might be that Stamper obviously has feelings for Rachel that go beyond sexual.)

Another thing I liked about the Civil War episode: the way Stamper sidles up to Underwood at the end and whispers "They got Lucas Goodwin." I suspect it was meant to be a direct echo of the way Rocco goes up to Michael near the end of The Godfather and whispers "We got them all."

clemenza, Wednesday, 25 March 2015 23:16 (1 week ago) Permalink

Kevin Spacey throwing a baseball...I think that was supposed to be the character's ineptitude, no Spacey's. I really, really, really hope so.

clemenza, Thursday, 26 March 2015 00:46 (6 days ago) Permalink

The Tusk-Feng-Danton-Underwood-Lanagin maneuvering: I don't understand all of this, although it's probably pretty straightforward if I took a minute to work it out. Best thing on the show right now, a few episodes from finishing season 2: the Doug-Rachel relationship. Asking her to read A Tale of Two Cities off her phone was excellent.

clemenza, Saturday, 28 March 2015 22:49 (4 days ago) Permalink


one helluva law firm

guess that bundt gettin eaten (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Saturday, 28 March 2015 23:09 (4 days ago) Permalink

I remember not really understanding a lot of the political maneuvering of season 2 either. I'm guess I probably could have figured it out if I put some thought into it, but it didn't really seem worth the effort.

I just finished season 3. If they would have compressed this season into 4-5 episodes, it might have been good, but a lot of this just felt unnecessarily long.

silverfish, Sunday, 29 March 2015 03:12 (3 days ago) Permalink

I came to this show cold, so everything's a surprise. I think Jump-the-Meechum moments should enter television vernacular.

clemenza, Sunday, 29 March 2015 04:47 (3 days ago) Permalink

I assume I'm correct in thinking that Underwood's long-standing plan to bring down Walker was a plan in broad outline only--that he's had to improvise along the way as circumstances warranted. I mean, you're not supposed to accept that everything that's happened was carefully calibrated from the beginning, right? That would be a bit much.

I like the Seth character a lot. He's as bland and as non-descript as cutthroat gets.

clemenza, Sunday, 29 March 2015 18:31 (3 days ago) Permalink

Finished the second season. I know there are other options, but I'll probably just wait for the DVDs to continue.

In the midst of all the detours, believable and preposterous, Doug Stamper strikes me as a genuinely tragic character--the last shot of him made me sad. (I shouldn't have, but I checked to find out if he was dead or not.)

clemenza, Monday, 30 March 2015 00:25 (2 days ago) Permalink

Meanwhile, a radio ad backing Hanaway featured a Frank Underwood imitator mocking Schweich as a Barney Fife lookalike and a "little bug."

j., Tuesday, 31 March 2015 15:21 (Yesterday) Permalink

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