No. 112 – You Might Very Well Think That…

Sir Giles from prog 2041’s Greysuit drawn by John Higgins vs. Francis Ewan Urquhart (played by Ian Richardson (1934–2007)) from BBC’s House of Cards (1990)

The BBC miniseries has since been adapted into a popular American political drama of the same name by Netflix, starring Kevin Spacey as the ruthless Francis J. Underwood, with Michael Dobbs (author of the novels upon which the shows are based) as an executive producer.

BBC’s House of Cards was the first of a trilogy which continued with To Play the King (1993) and The Final Cut (1995). The drama introduced and popularised the phrase, “You might very well think that; I couldn’t possibly comment.” The phrase doesn’t work quite as well in an American accent and was used only once by Francis Underwood in the US adaptation, in the final episode of season one.

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