BBC's House of Cards Returns to KCET

WHO:             Back by popular demand...and because most TV fans have likely watched the complete second season of Netflix's adaptation, BBC's iconic political thriller, House of Cards returns to KCET after airing for the first time on public television in 20 years last month.  

 

WHAT:           The original drama, set in Great Britain, starring prolific stage and screen actor Ian Richardson, explores the complex and maniacal political landscape of the country following Margaret Thatcher's tenure. 

 

Adapted by Andrew Davies from Michael Dobbs' novel, House of Cards debuted on the BBC in 1990 to popular acclaim.  The series, which consists of four, 60-minute episodes, follows protagonist Francis Urquhart (Ian Richardson), who is the chief whip of the Conservative party.  When Margaret Thatcher resigns as leader, he remains neutral and after a general election where the conservatives are returned with a reduced majority, he fully expects the new Prime Minister, Henry Collingridge (David Lyon), to give him his just reward: a senior Cabinet post.  When he's informed that he is to stay in his current position, he devises a plot to unseat Collingridge and ensure his own election as party leader and Prime Minister with encouragement from his wife, Elizabeth (Diane Fletcher).

 

The series is the basis for the critically acclaimed Netflix U.S. adaptation that has earned three Emmy® awards.

 

 

WHEN:          Monday nights, beginning March 3 - March 24, 2014

9 p.m.

 

CONTACT:   Ayn Allen or Angelica Alumia

                        Aallen@kcet.org / aalumia@kcet.org

747-201-5886/ 747-201-5707

 

 

ABOUT KCET

 

On-air, online and in the community, KCET plays a vital role in the cultural and educational enrichment of Southern and Central California. KCET offers a wide range of award-winning local programming as well as the finest public television programs from around the world. Throughout its 50-year history, KCET has won hundreds of major awards for its local and regional news and public affairs programming, its national drama and documentary productions, its quality educational family and children's programs, its outreach and community services and its website, kcet.org. KCET is a donor-supported community institution. For additional information about KCET productions, web-exclusive content, programming schedules and community events, please visit kcet.org. KCET is a service of KCETLink.

 

 

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