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House of Cards creator hails latest season of US drama

Netflix users based in the US have had full access to the series since its release on March 4

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The author of the bestselling 1989 House of Cards book, which inspired the current US hit on streaming Netflix, has said that the new series is packed with “edge of the seat” drama.

“As a writer, there are always initial nerves when your work is adapted for TV, but I am huge fan of the show,” said Michael Dobbs, the British politician turned-novelist, at the Emirates Festival of Literature.

“And that’s not just because of my involvement, but the hard work and creativity that the directors have brought to it and the quality of acting that’s been seen in the show from episode one.”

The fourth and latest season of House of Cards follows the twisted journey of Machiavellian US President Frank Underwood, played by Kevin Spacey, and his wife, First Lady Claire Underwood, as the election season begins.

Fans of the show have since March 5 been able to watch the new season on the streaming service of Dubai-based pay TV network OSN.

Netflix users based in the US have had full access to the series since its release on March 4. However, Middle Eastern subscribers of the service, which costs around $11 a month, expressed disappointment when the latest season was not made available for streaming.

Some users turned have long used proxies and virtual private networks (VPNs) to access Netflix’s larger user library, although the US based streaming service recently launched a crackdown.

In a warning this year that coincided with its worldwide rollout, Netflix announced that they were stop subscribers using VPN accessing accounts anywhere but their home countries.