House of Cards Trilogy

News Release Date: 
March 26, 2014

For Immediate Release
Original BBC ‘House of Cards Trilogy’ Returns to NET Television

LINCOLN, Neb. (March 26, 2014) -- The original BBC adaptation of Michael Dobbs’ “House of Cards Trilogy” is back on NET Television after 20-plus years. Considered the godfather of modern political thrillers, “House of Cards Trilogy” aired on public television as part of “Masterpiece Theatre” during the 1991 season, earning a Primetime Emmy for “Outstanding Writing in a Miniseries or a Special.” Dobbs’ novels and the BBC productions have resulted in the recent Netflix production of an Americanized version of the story.

The three-part original miniseries that started it all returns to NET Television airing Fridays at 9 p.m. CT, beginning April 11, repeating the following Sundays at noon CT on NET1.

“House of Cards Trilogy” is a delicious tale of political greed, corruption and burning ambition featuring a full deck of renowned British talent headlined by Ian Richardson, who turns in a “scarily perfect performance” as the Machiavellian statesman Francis Urquhart, who discovers that rising to power is just the beginning and staying there can be just as challenging.

The series speculates on what might have happened at the end of Margaret Thatcher’s tenure as Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Richardson's Urquhart is a prim, efficient public servant whose pinched politeness hides a seething urge to bring down the new government and install himself at the head of another one.

In the first episode, “House Of Cards” (April 11 & 13), Urquhart pulls the strings behind his party’s parliamentary facade, and he has no qualms about using that power to reach the highest office in the land -- even if it means scheming and backstabbing his way to the top until he is standing on a pile of broken promises, betrayals and the bodies of those who oppose him. One by one his opponents tumble, until at last there is just one wild card left in the pack.

In “To Play The King” (April 18 & 20), the sardonic politico’s schemes have brought him to the pinnacle of government, but at the moment of his triumph, an idealistic and determined young King stands in his way.

And in “The Final Cut” (April 25 & 27), Urquhart is now Prime Minister and nearing the end of his term. Though he plans to let international events help him to a luxurious retirement, he finds himself caught in someone else’s power play, and for the first time is unable to see a way out. 

NET1 is part of NET Television.  NET Television is a service of NET.  For a complete program schedule, visit NET's Web site (netNebraska.org/television).

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RELEASE WRITTEN BY:  Larry L. Kubert, 402-472-9333, ext. 389, or e-mail at lkubert@netNebraska.org

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