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Does Andrew Davies prefer Kevin Spacey’s version of ‘House of Cards’ to his own?

It sounds like the screenwriter of the original House of Cards prefers the US version, although, of course, he couldn’t possibly comment.

Andrew Davies, who adapted the BBC version from the book by Michael Dobbs, said he got ‘completely hooked’ on the Netflix series starring Kevin Spacey, and ‘more or less binged on three or four episodes at a time’.

When Mr S asked him how the two series compared, the writer said:

‘[The US series] is fascinating. I think that because it’s going to be so long they had more space to develop the characters in such a lot of detail. I particularly liked Spacey’s performance- so different from Richardson, a lot darker.’

But does he prefer Spacey in the role? ‘I’m not allowed to say something bad about the show so I won’t say anything.’

Such powers of evasion; Davies should have been a politician.

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