Classic Political Thrillers, Cameras by Aimimage: House of CardsMarc Ehrenbold
In November 1990, BBC released “House of Cards”, a political thriller set right after Margaret Thatcher’s end of office as UK prime minister. It was a four-part mini-series that received such popular and critical acclaim.
Adapted from the novel written by Michael Dobbs, Ian Richardson plays the antihero, Conservative Party member Francis Urquhart who plays the fictional role of Chief Whip. The show follows Urquhart’s scheming machinations to rise up as the governing party’s leader, and ultimately, prime minister of the UK.
House of Cards won a number of awards, including a 1991 BAFTA Best Actor award for Ian Richardson, and a Primetime EMMY award for outstanding writing for Andrew Davies in the mini-series category. Here is a rundown of the other awards this superb political thriller has won.
BAFTA TV Award for Best Drama Series or Serial – Andrew Davies, Ken Reddington, Paul Seed
BAFTA TV Award for Best Actress – Susannah Harker
1991 Broadcasting Press Guild Award for Besting Acting Performance – Ian Richardson
1991 Broadcasting Press Guild Award for Best Drama Series – Paul Seed (director), Ken Riddington (producer), BBC (production company)
With the resounding success of the the first installment, two more were commissioned by BBC, To Play the King, and the third one titled, The Final Cut. Both are based on the novels of the same title by Dobbs. Here is the intro for the first instalment.
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