The Final Cut 1 Season 1995

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Season 1
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1. The Final Cut Episode 1 TV-14 CC

Urquhart is determined to leave his mark on the world before retiring. He is in the middle of brokering an historic peace settlement between Greek and Turkish Cyprus when a Turkish businessman makes him an attractive offer.

Starring:
Ian Richardson, Diane Fletcher
Runtime:
51 minutes
Original air date:
November 5, 1995

The Final Cut Episode 1

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Product Details

Genres Drama, International
Director Mike Vardy
Starring Ian Richardson, Diane Fletcher
Supporting actors Paul Freeman, Isla Blair, Nickolas Grace, Glyn Grain, Nick Brimble, Dorothy Vernon, Andrew Seear, Peter Symonds, John Rowe, Yolanda Vazquez, Duggie Brown, Kevork Malikyan, David Ryall, Joseph Long, Cherith Mellor, Erika Hoffman, Leon Lissek, Tom Beasley
Season year 1995
Network BBC
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Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

I wish this wasn't but all good (and in this case evil) must come to an end!
Renee M. McClean
It's like watching a terrible accident happen in slow motion, knowing there's nothing you can do to stop it.
J. Kramer
Which is all well and good, except Urquart's family 'came down South with James the 1st.'
Law student

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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Helen Mitford on May 6, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
A thrilling end to the saga. It's all beginning to slip away from Francis Urquhart, but the 'star' of this one is, for me, the Lady Macbeth-like Elizabeth Urquhart played by the brilliant and beautiful Diane Fletcher. In many ways I'd wish there had been even more of her than there already is. She is so delightfully ruthless in her determination to protect her husband, whom she clearly worships, that even though she has colluded with him in the most fearful crimes, I could not help feeling a pang of sympathy for her, and of course, one does want to know what happens to her relationship with Corder. Her passion for Wagner only adds to her charm. There are some other fine performances in this work. Not least from two tiny cameo roles, Muriel Pavlow as an Age Concern Lady [compare this with her performance as Douglas Bader's wife in "Reach for the Sky"] and Bunny May as a clerk in the Public Records Office. Mr May was one of the first [if not the first] to play "Noddy" onstage under the supervision of Enid Blyton. [Now that's real trivia.]
I must be a dreadful person, beacuse I actually wanted the Urquharts to live happily ever after, and to see Francis Urquhart get away with it one last time. Age does not wither him nor custom stale his infinite variety. Yes, I know I may very well think that, but you couldn't possibly comment!
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By J. Kramer on January 19, 2001
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Fasten your seatbelts. This series is the most chilling political thriller I have ever seen. There is not a single misstep anywhere. Ian's Prime Minister is the most evil creature ever to walk the earth, and he just keeps knocking down the good guys without even breaking a sweat; they never know what hit them or even how. It's like watching a terrible accident happen in slow motion, knowing there's nothing you can do to stop it. Stellar performances, superb directing, this is just plain perfect. I just wish it was a happy movie...but then it wouldn't be The Final Cut.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Peter Fennessy on August 17, 2001
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The final days of our once loveable villain, FU, are, it would seem, rapidly approaching. He is quite prepared to foment an international incident to stay in power and to keep his not so little retirement nest egg intact. But time wounds all heels, and in the end even he cannot quite pull it off. His wife, though, the most cunnning of all the shrewd and political women that have surrounded him, finds a way to pull his chestnuts out of the fire, as it were - and what a surprising and most satisfactory ending it all makes. Top notch acting all round, especially by Richardson, and exciting and devious twists of plot make this (as well as the rest of the trilogy) an excellent performance and an enjoyable evening. See them all if you can.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By L Wiz on January 16, 2002
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The third and final chapter in the life and times of that charming psychopath, Prime Minister Francis Urquhart. The end of his career is drawing nigh, and he's haunted by ghosts (not only Mattie Storin who perished so sadly in the first installment, but also a pair of young Cypriot soldies during Francis' military service). But he musters his strength for one last battle for the leadership of the party. Can he solidify his place in British history? F.U. has proved that he can do whatever he sets his mind to.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 15, 2002
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Made major changes from the novel, that is--and for my mind made it that much stronger a screenplay(sorry to novelist Michael Dobbs,who was supposedly royally ticked at this adaptation).Ian Richardson is again brilliant as the Shakespeare-quoting politician/murderer/con man whom you love to hate, and the underrated Dianne Fletcher is equally good as the scheming Mrs. Urquhart(a good example of the old saying that the female of the species is often more deadly!). In strong supporting roles, look for Isla Blair and Paul Freeman as an ambitious aide to FU and a would-be Prime Minister, respectively--this relationship has some parallels to the highly political union of the Urquharts.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Beverley Strong on March 5, 2008
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In this, the third and final part of the series of The House of Cards, Ian Richardson as Prime Minister, Francis Urquhart, is almost bored as PM as he has achieved all that he set out to do, corrupting a large portion of the parliament and plunging the country into two distinct sides of "haves" and "have nots". Never before in Britain have there been streets filled with homeless and desperate people whom Francis percieves as being little more than animals. The limits to which this man will go are beginning to cause even his evil wife to question his sanity and the denouement is breathtaking in it's intensity...definitely a must see.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Frankpsu on April 14, 2014
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having watched the whole series back in the early 90s it was great to see it again and again. Ive loved his acting for decades and no of no other current british actor with his presence. sadly an era has passed...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By H. Gatjens on March 17, 2014
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Welk acted drama, You really get drawn in to the story and can't wait for the next episode. BBC at its best
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