Has anyone else ever watched House of Cards, the 1990 BBC political drama series starring Ian Richardson as a brilliantly villainous politician with aspirations to the "throne" (which is to say the office of Prime Minister)? Although set in contemporary England, it's utterly Shakespearean, right down to Richardson's sly and delightfully wicked asides to the audience. Oh, what that man can say with a single, coy smirk.
The Brits are extremely good at extremely silly and extremely evil. What's up with that?