Ivanhoe returning from crusading in the Holy Land to England which is ruled by corrupt Prince John.
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 King Richard (5 episodes, 1997)
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 Robin of Locksley (5 episodes, 1997)
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 Maurice de Bracy (4 episodes, 1997)
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 Bardon (3 episodes, 1997)
Peter Needham ...
 Abbot (3 episodes, 1997)
Chris Barnes ...
 Priest (2 episodes, 1997)
Cynthia Grenville ...
 Elgitha (2 episodes, 1997)
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 Urfried (2 episodes, 1997)
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 Queen Eleanor (2 episodes, 1997)
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 Young guard (2 episodes, 1997)
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Christopher Lee's first acting role for the BBC since 1947. See more »

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In the second joust at Ashby, they joust with blunted lances. During the charge, the templar's lance clearly lacks the metal end-cap. In the next shot, when he makes contact, the cap is in place. See more »

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Queen Eleanor: It matters not to me if all the nations of Christendom know that Queen Eleanor's sons are curdle-brained ninnies, so incapable of settling their differences that they have to send for their mother to do it for them!
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3 October 2003 | by (Xanadu) – See all my reviews

I first came in contact with Sir Walter Scott's famed romance, Ivanhoe, through an animated version shown around the holidays. I fell in love with the story (mostly due to the inclusion of Robin Hood) and leapt at the chance to view any version of it, as well as read the original novel. The 1952 version was interesting, but not very faithful. The 1982 version was closer, but Anthony Andrews was a bit wooden and his feathered hair was out of place. This 1997 mini-series finally got it right, with both a faithful adaptation of the story and fine performances.

All the characters are portrayed well and are given greater depth than in the past. Gilbert is not just an evil schemer, he is a man torn by love and hatred. Ivanhoe is torn between two women and despised by his father. Gurd and Wamba are given greater roles and speak for the underclass. Prince John is the true schemer, longing for the kingdom he has watched over while his brother was off playing the soldier. Richard finally gets some of the criticism he deserves for abandoning his subjects for treasure hunts, disguised as "holy wars". Rebecca is wise beyond her years, but torn between a forbidden love of Ivanhoe and the affections of the tormented Gilbert.

This production captures Scott in all his romantic glory, and makes a great attempt at historical accuracy, with the inherent problem that the division of Norman and Saxon was mostly gone by this point in history. Still, we see that medieval life was cheap and conditions less than sanitary, though thankfully not to the point of a Terry Gilliam production. This is well worth viewing.


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