Henry Bolingbroke has now been crowned King of England, but faces a rebellion headed by the embittered Earl of Northumberland and his son (nicknamed 'Hotspur'). Henry's son Hal, the Prince of Wales, has thrown over life at court in favour of heavy drinking and petty theft in the company of a debauched elderly knight, Sir John Falstaff. Hal must extricate himself from some legal problems, regain his father's good opinions and help suppress the uprising. Written by
Peter Brynmor Roberts
Did You Know?
The week prior to the screening of this episode in both the UK and the US, Richard II
(1978) was repeated as a lead-in to the trilogy. The episode also began with Richard's death scene from the previous play. See more
Henry butters his hands while talking to Hal. In the next cut he is wearing gloves. We then see him continuing to butter his hands and only the does he put on the gloves. See more
Version of Falstaff