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.
Did You Know?
This episode begins with the death of Richard, followed by a brief excerpt from the abdication scene, both from Richard II
(1978). Rumour's opening soliloquy is then heard in voice-over, played over scenes from the previous week's Henry IV Part I
(1979); Henry's lamentation that he has not been able to visit the Holy Land, and the death of Hotspur at the hands of Prince Hal. See more