TV Review: House of Cards

July 28th, 2013

One of my all-time favourite tv adaptations is House of Cards with Ian Richardson and Susannah Harker.  It was a 4-part BBC mini series based on a novel by Michael Dobbs, although the ending was quite significantly changed.  Dobbs then wrote two subsequent books based on the ending that the mini series created.  The series was just pure political perfection.  Exquisite story, superb performances, subtle and understated in that magnificent way that only the British can do.

And then I heard that there was going to be an American remake, by Netflix not a tv network.  On the one hand, every part of me is kind of screaming  NOOOOO!!! inside, for many reasons.  But on the other hand, one of my favourite actors, Kevin Spacey, is going to take on the role that Ian Richardson played.  He will be Francis (Frank) Underwood instead of Sir Francis Urquhart, a Congressman from South Carolina instead of the youngest son of an Earl.

We saw the pilot a few months ago.  I did like it with some reservations, but we didn’t have any of the other episodes so it was hard to fully judge.  But now we have the whole of season one on Blu-Ray (13 episodes), and are starting from the beginning.

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Series review: Ultraviolet

October 26th, 2009

This is a classic BBC miniseries from 1998.  I had seen the first two episodes when it originally screened, but never seen the whole series.  Dave had not seen it at all, so when I discovered a friend had the series on DVD, I thought it would be great to watch the whole thing (thanks Keat!).

Ultraviolet is only 6 episodes long, each fully self contained.  It revolves around Michael Colefield (Jack Davenport), a Detective Sergeant, whose best friend goes missing the night before his wedding.  It leads to his involvement with a secret government department – with ambigulous ties to the Catholic Church – that investigates people who are no longer exactly people.

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