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Henry V (1979)

The Life of Henry the Fifth (original title)
In the midst of the Hundred Years' War, the young King Henry V of England embarks on the conquest of France in 1415.

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Robert Ashby ...
Earl of Salisbury
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Rod Beacham ...
Jocelyne Boisseau ...
Simon Broad ...
Herald
Alan Brown ...
Brenda Bruce ...
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Ronald Chenery ...
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Roger Davenport ...
Keith Drinkel ...
Lewis, the Dauphin
Rob Edwards ...
Ronald Forfar ...
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In the midst of the Hundred Years' War, the young King Henry V of England embarks on the conquest of France in 1415.

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Director John Giles and production designer Don Homfray both felt this episode should look noticeably different from the two Henry IV plays. Whilst they had been focused on rooms and domestic interiors, Henry V was focused on large open spaces. As such, because they could not shoot on location, and because creating realistic reproductions of such spaces in a studio was impossible, they decided to take a more stylized approach to production design than had hitherto been seen in the series. Ironically however, the finished product ended up looking more realistic that either of them had anticipated, or desired. See more »

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Featured in The Story of English: A Muse of Fire (1986) See more »

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Hooray for Captain Fluellen
2 June 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

The production has been well-covered above. I just want to add that, to me, this is deep Shakespeare without piffle-paffle, as the good Captain Fluellen would say. It presents the full story as Will wrote it, with minimal, if any, cuts.

As an American, I must say that British actors never cease to amaze me. They must get a lot more training than Yank actors do. For instance, Tim Wylton as the 'actively annoying' Captain Fluellen to my mind created a memorable comic character. He made me laugh or at least smile in every speech he made, which is exactly Fluellen's purpose (other than representing the rough, honest courage of the common soldier.) And I woke up thinking about his portrayal this morning, and I was still chuckling.

I particularly wish to thank 'gerlynga' for his or her thoughtful review clearly based on a deep knowledge of the play's many productions. I look forward to reading all her stuff.


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