‘House Of Cards’ to return for fourth season in same year as real-life US Presidential election

Political drama starring Kevin Spacey to return in 2016

Political drama House Of Cards is to return for a fourth season, programme maker Netflix has announced.

All 13 episodes of the third series of the show, starring Kevin Spacey as murderous US President Francis Underwood, were released in February. It co-stars Robin Wright as Underwood’s wife Claire.

Although a precise date for the fourth series hasn’t been announced, Netflix has confirmed that it will air in 2016, the same year as the next real-life US Presidential election. Filming will begin on the new series this summer in its regular location of Baltimore.

Current President Barack Obama has stated he is a fan of House Of Cards, and impersonated Underwood in a video released for April Fool’s Day this week.

House Of Cards is based on a British drama series that began on BBC1 in 1990, starring late actor Ian Richardson as scheming MP Francis Urquhart. It was written by Michael Dobbs, an advisor to the Conservative Party under Margaret Thatcher and John Major’s leadership from 1979-95. The BBC1 original drama only ran for three series, meaning its American counterpart will have lasted longer when the new series airs.

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