Lear is an aging King who wants to retire by abdicating to his three daughters. However, in an act of petty ego stroking, he asks them who among them loves him most. While two daughters eagerly toady to him, his one loving daughter, Cordelia, refuses play along with this foolish charade. In a rage, Lear exiles her along with his one loyal aide who dares to stick up for her. This foolish move works to Lear's sorrow as his two remaining daughters cruelly and gradually strip him of his status and possessions until he is rendered an insane hermit attended only by his fool. All the while, the illegitimate son of another lord is plotting his own ambitions while contributing to this tragic tale of ego and familial cruelty. Written by
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Did You Know?
According to Diana Rigg
, Laurence Olivier
wanted to perform all the long speeches in single takes as he had done in the theatre without multiple takes and pick-ups being edited together, but due to his age he could never get through any speech without "drying". In 2016, Rigg admitted to having never watched this TV version because she felt so saddened that Olivier had not been able to achieve this ambition. See more
Now gods, stand up for bastards.
Version of King Lear: Episode #1.1