Sunday 11 December 2016

There’s still time for politicians to realise ‘House of Cards’ is entertainment, not a manual

Michael Dobbs

Published 04/07/2016 | 02:30

Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright in the US version of ‘House of Cards’
Kevin Spacey and Robin Wright in the US version of ‘House of Cards’

I used to think writing was easy. Writing ‘House of Cards’ 29 years ago, I’d simply take the reality of Westminster and water it down a little in order to make it credible. But no amount of hosing can wash this much blood off the walls.

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Assassinations, castrations, pillow conspiracies and public crucifixions. I thought there were no surprises left, but I guess even old dogs must find new ways of chasing their balls.

Yet perhaps it was always that way. I remember as a 15-year-old being given a copy of Shakespeare’s ‘Julius Caesar’.

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