British Politics after Margaret Thatcher getting even dirtier in this satirical thriller BBC miniseries (ripping source unknown):
After Series like 'Yes (Prime)Minister' with a satirical yet mainly playful look at the British System of Government or the less insightful and rather crude 'The New Statesman' this satirical thriller is a new take on foulness of the political game.
The 'House of Cards' Trilogy consists of 3 parts each composed of 4 episodes. It is based on books by Michael Dobbs, a former British politician who had inside knowledge from his time in the Conservative party.
In the 1st Part of 'House of Cards' Conservative Chief Whip Francis Urquhart is disappointed when after backing Henry Collingridge to replace Margaret Thatcher as Prime Minister he is not rewarded with a post in the new cabinet.
So Urquhart starts his underhand Macchiavellian game to become his political masters successor as soon as possible. Nothing is to criminal for him in order to clear the way to the top from impeding obstacles.
In Part 2 (To Play the King) Urquhart is at odds with the new king who feels strongly about doing something for the impoverished - a compassion a highly conservative PM like Urquhart will never share. Two of Urquhart's closest aids seem to play a game of their own and finally loose his trust.
In Part 3 (The Final Cut) Urquhart is still Prime Minister but there is
enough resentment in the party itself to get rid of him, or is there?
In any case his former Foreign Secretary who has just resigned is dead
set on challenging his leadership and seems to have some knowledge of
Urquhart's mirky past on Cyprus as a young officer when two native
adolescents were shot under very questionable circumstances. But Urquhart will not be defeated without fighting tooth and nail.
Part 1: www.action-tv.org.uk/guides/housecards.htm
Part 2: www.action-tv.org.uk/guides/toplayking.htm
Part 3: www.action-tv.org.uk/guides/finalcut.htm