Drama serial House of Cards was set in the very near future where Conservative MP Francis Urquhart will let nothing or no-one stand in the way of his bid to become party leader.
Deep throat – or cut throat? When a journalist trusts a politician, she only has herself to blame – but then everyone trusts Francis Urquhart.
Ian Richardson is the Machiavellian monster Urquhart, up to his cold-fish eyes in a dirty political pond of back-stabbing, skullduggery and corruption in high places. Susannah Harker plays eager, young journalist Mattie Storin, who’s beginning to get suspicious about her “secret source”.
House of Cards is a compelling black tale of greed and burning ambition, based on a best-selling novel by Michael Dobbs and adapted for television in four parts by the award-winning Andrew Davies. It is also the catalyst and starting point for the hugely successful Netflix series of the same name.
Two sequels followed – To Play the King and The Final Cut.
Francis Urquhart, Chief Whip (Ian Richardson)…guardian of the Party’s secrets. A good man to have on your side – but don’t turn your back on him.
Henry Collingridge, Prime Minister (David Lyon)… a well-meaning fool…no background and no bottom.
Lord Billsborough, Party Chairman (Nicholas Selby…too old and too familiar, tainted by a thousand shabby deals.
Michael Samuels, Environment Minister (Damien Thomas)…too young and too clever.
Harold Earle, Education Minister (Kenneth Gilbert)…his old ‘school’ reports go back a long way.
Patrick Woolton, Foreign Secretary (Malcolm Tierney)…a bit of a lout, bit of a bully boy – but weak on domestic affairs.
Peter McKenzie, Health Minister (Christopher Owen)…politically scarred, prognosis terminal.
Roger O’Neill, Party Publicity Director (Miles Anderson)…a useful tool with a nose for trouble.
Penny, Roger’s loyal and loving assistant (Alphonsia Emmanuel)…she will do anything to protect him.
Charles Collingridge, the Prime Minister’s brother (James Villiers)…a bit of a liability. Alcohol problem, debts everywhere, and not too sure of his sexual orientation.
UK / BBC One / 4×60 minute episodes / Broadcast 18 November – 9 December 1990
Writer: Andrew Davies / Novel: Michael Dobbs / Music: Jim Carter / Design: Ken Ledsham / Costume: Rosalind Ebbut / Producer: Ken Riddington / Director: Paul Seed
IAN RICHARDSON as Francis Urquhart
SUSANNAH HARKER as Mattie Storin
COLIN JEAVONS as Stamper
DIANE FLETCHER as Elizabeth Urquhart
MILES ANDERSON as Roger O’Neil
ALPHONSIA EMMANUEL as Penny Guy
JAMES WILLIERS as Charles Collingridge
MALCOLM TIERNEY as Patrick Woolton
WILLIAM CHUBB as John Krajewski
KENNETH GILBERT as Harold Earle
KENNY IRELAND as Ben Landless
Clochemerle (BBC-2 1972, Cyril Cusack, Roy Dotrice)
Period sitcom, based on a novel by Gabriel Chevallier that was adapted by Ray Galton and Alan Simpson, that saw the French villagers of Clochemerle kick up a fuss over plans to install a new toilet.
CYRIL CUSACK as Major Piechut
ROY DOTRICE as Ponosse
KENNETH GRIFFITH as Ernest Tafardel
WENDY HILLER as Justine Putet
HUGH GRIFFITH as Alexandre Bourdillat
BERNARD BRESSLAW as Nicholas the Beadle
MADELINE SMITH as Hortase Girodet
GEORGINA MOON as Rose Biraque
PETER USTINOV as Narrator
Writers: Ray Galton, Alan Simpson
Novel: Gabriel Chevallier
Producer: Michael Mills
Network and Production Companies: BBC Two – Bavaria
Duration: 9×30 minute episodes
Aired From: 18 February – 14 April 1972 Fridays at 10.05pm
Clairvoyant, The (BBC-2 1986, Roy Kinnear, Sandra Dickinson)
In Roy Clarke penned sitcom The Clairvoyant used car salesman Arnold Bristow is knocked down in a car accident and suddenly finds himself with psychic powers – or so he believes. There was a pilot broadcast 27 Nov 1984.
ROY KINNEAR as Arnold Bristow
SANDRA DICKINSON as Lily
HUGH LLOYD as Burma
SHAUN CURRY as Newton
GLYNIS BROOKS as Dawn
CARMEL CRYAN as Carmen
Writer: Roy Clarke
Producer and Director: Alan J.W. Bell
Network and Production Companies: BBC-2
Duration: 6×30 minute episodes
Aired From: Pilot – 27 November 1984 and Series – 15 May – 19 June 1986
Christmas Princess (UP 2017, Nicole Munoz, Zak Santiago)
Christmas Princess is the true story of Donaly Marquez who, through a childhood of neglect and abuse, achieved her dream of becoming a rose bowl princess. An inspirational story of resilience, strength and finding a family to call your own.
Nicole Muñoz as Donaly Marquez
Rosa Blasi as Sara
Zak Santiago as Ignacio Marquez
Olivia Steele Falconer as Emily Marquez
Jaedon Siewert as Abraham Marquez
Lina Renna as Young Donaly
Paloma Kwiatkowski as Chloe
Ty Wood as Trent
Pendo Muema as Monique
Kalyn Miles as Maria
Kaaren de Zilva as Roberta
Garfield Wilson as Dr. Miller
Clay St. Thomas as Judge #1
Patti Allan as Judge #2
Natalie von Rotsburg as Judge #3
Director: Allan Harmon
Writer: Tracy Andreen
Network and Production Companies: UP
Duration: 1×120 minute episode
Aired From: Sunday 10 December 2017
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