Includes House of Cards, To Play the King and The Final Cut
Ian Richardson, in his brilliant portrayal of Francis Urquhart - Chief Whip turned Prime Minister - stalks the corridors of power once again in one of the most talked about political dramas ever made, now available for the first time on DVD.
House of Cards is a delicious tale of greed, corruption and burning ambition. At its heart is a black-hearted villain with a smiling face, who shares his sardonic humour and innermost thoughts with the viewers.
Winner of several awards, including a BAFTA, an Emmy and Royal Television Society award, Andrew Davies' adaptation of Michael Dobbs' bestelling novel tells the story of Machiavellian monster Frances Urquhart as he schemes his way into 10 Downing Street by systematically demolishing all rivals, including the Prime Minster.
Urquhart is innocently aided by eager young journalist Mattie Storin (Susannah Harker) as he uses her to leak damaging stories to undermine anyone who stands in his way to the top. To Mattie, Urquhart is her "Daddy", a lover and a father-figure who is helping her in her career. A Daddy who has too much to lose if she ever stumbles across the truth.
With venomous charm, Urquhart invites viewers in on the plot to destroy each of his political rivals with the same deadly ease with which he shoots grouse on his ancestral estate. This tale of back-stabbing, skulduggery and corruption in high places has shades of a Shakespearean tragedy.
The DVD also features a commentary with Ian Richardson, Andrew Davies and Ken Riddington (Producer) on one episode from each series.
Release date: 12.07.04
Cat. number: BBCDVD1451
Duration: 642 mins