This is the real House of Cards. Great acting, great story line and great characters.
Netflix is just an American whitewashed copycat, oversexed version of the BBC version.
The acting by Ian Richardson is superb.
I totally concur with another reviewer.
Watch the BBC series first. Great tv series.
In fact you need to watch all three seasons of the BBC series of House of Cards. The first two seasons, House of Cards and To Play the King were great but the last season The Final Cut was a big disappointment. The last season was bland, full of gratuitous sex involving late 40 yr olds, poor scenes about Cyprus and poor script writing. Alas. I should have stopped after seeing the first two seasons.