A filmed theatre production of four of Shakespeare's historical plays condensed down into a trilogy.
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Series cast summary:
David Warner ...  King Henry VI 7 episodes, 1965-1970
Peggy Ashcroft ...  Margaret / ... 7 episodes, 1965-1970
Donald Burton ...  Exeter / ... 7 episodes, 1965-1970
Alan Tucker ...  Prince Edward 7 episodes, 1965-1970
Brewster Mason Brewster Mason ...  Warwick 6 episodes, 1965-1970
Charles Kay ...  Clarence / ... 6 episodes, 1965-1970
Roy Dotrice ...  King Edward IV / ... 6 episodes, 1965-1970
David Hargreaves David Hargreaves ...  Norfolk / ... 6 episodes, 1965-1970
Ian Holm ...  Richard / ... 5 episodes, 1965-1970
John Normington ...  Young Clifford / ... 5 episodes, 1965-1970
William Squire ...  Buckingham / ... 5 episodes, 1965-1970
Roger Jones Roger Jones ...  2nd Citizen / ... 5 episodes, 1965-1970
Philip Brack Philip Brack ...  Somerset / ... 5 episodes, 1965-1970
Hugh Sullivan Hugh Sullivan ...  Burgundy / ... 5 episodes, 1965-1970
Marshall Jones ...  Smith / ... 5 episodes, 1965-1970
Anthony Boden Anthony Boden ...  Messenger / ... 5 episodes, 1965-1970
Peter Geddis Peter Geddis ...  Alençon / ... 4 episodes, 1965-1970
Maurice Jones Maurice Jones ...  Oxford 4 episodes, 1965-1966
William Dysart William Dysart ...  1st Murderer / ... 4 episodes, 1965-1970
Gavin Morrison Gavin Morrison ...  1st Lancastrian soldier / ... 4 episodes, 1965-1970
John Corvin John Corvin ...  Lord Clifford / ... 4 episodes, 1965-1970
Jeffery Dench Jeffery Dench ...  Sir Humphrey Stafford / ... 4 episodes, 1965-1970
Susan Engel ...  Lady Elizabeth Grey / ... 4 episodes, 1965-1966
Tim Wylton Tim Wylton ...  Michael / ... 4 episodes, 1965-1970
John Hussey ...  King Lewis XI / ... 4 episodes, 1965-1970
Stanley Lebor ...  1st Citizen / ... 4 episodes, 1965-1970
David Rowlands David Rowlands ...  3rd Watch / ... 4 episodes, 1965-1966
Fergus McClelland ...  Rutland / ... 4 episodes, 1965-1970
Lee Menzies Lee Menzies ...  Richmond 4 episodes, 1965-1966
Madoline Thomas Madoline Thomas ...  Duchess of York / ... 4 episodes, 1965-1970
Ted Valentine Ted Valentine ...  Lieutenant to the Tower / ... 4 episodes, 1965-1970
Donald Sinden ...  Plantagenet / ... 3 episodes, 1965-1970
David Waller David Waller ...  A Father that has killed his Son / ... 3 episodes, 1965-1966
Donald Layne-Smith Donald Layne-Smith ...  Lord Say / ... 3 episodes, 1965-1970
Derek Waring Derek Waring ...  Rivers 3 episodes, 1965-1966
Malcolm Webster Malcolm Webster ...  Alexander Iden / ... 3 episodes, 1965-1970
Andrew Lodge Andrew Lodge ...  Messenger to the Council / ... 3 episodes, 1965-1970
Guy Gordon Guy Gordon ...  Lancastrian messenger / ... 3 episodes, 1965-1966
Colette O'Neil Colette O'Neil ...  Eleanor / ... 3 episodes, 1965-1966
Stephen Hancock Stephen Hancock ...  Clerk of Chatham / ... 3 episodes, 1965-1970
Murray Brown ...  2nd Messenger / ... 3 episodes, 1965
Jessica Claridge Jessica Claridge 3 episodes, 1965
Elisabeth Croft Elisabeth Croft 3 episodes, 1965
David Ellison ...  1st Messenger 3 episodes, 1965
Carl Forgione Carl Forgione 3 episodes, 1965
James Garrett James Garrett 3 episodes, 1965
James Laurenson ...  Messenger to the Council 3 episodes, 1965
David Lyn David Lyn 3 episodes, 1965
John Malcolm John Malcolm 3 episodes, 1965
Rhys McConnochie ...  Vernon 3 episodes, 1965
Derek Oldfield Derek Oldfield 3 episodes, 1965
Michael Pennington 3 episodes, 1965
David Quilter David Quilter 3 episodes, 1965
Chris Williams Chris Williams 3 episodes, 1965
Nicholas Selby Nicholas Selby ...  Winchester 2 episodes, 1965-1970
Janet Suzman ...  Joan la Pucelle / ... 2 episodes, 1965
Katherine Barker Katherine Barker ...  Princess Elizabeth 2 episodes, 1965
Bruce Condell Bruce Condell ...  Un-named parts 2 episodes, 1965
Peter Forbes-Robertson Peter Forbes-Robertson ...  Lawyer 2 episodes, 1965
Peter Gale Peter Gale ...  John Talbot 2 episodes, 1965
Sheila Grant Sheila Grant ...  Simpcox's wife 2 episodes, 1965
Terence Greenidge Terence Greenidge ...  2nd Citizen 2 episodes, 1965
Paul Martin Paul Martin ...  Richard 2 episodes, 1965
David Morton David Morton ...  Messenger from Lord Derby 2 episodes, 1965
Michael Sarson Michael Sarson 2 episodes, 1965
Deborah Stanford Deborah Stanford 2 episodes, 1965
Charles Thomas Charles Thomas ...  Catesby / ... 2 episodes, 1965
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Chronicle of the dysfunctional Plantagenet family from the accession of the young Henry to the death of Richard,last of the Plantagenets. The vacillations of the priestly Henry lead to ungentlemanly behaviour, civil war, treason, murder, regicide, fratricide, and the relentless pursuit of power so characteristic of the Renaissance. Written by Chris -1119 <chris@centuryman.demon.co.uk>

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UK

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English

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8 April 1965 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

A rózsák háborúja See more »

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Royal Shakespeare Company See more »
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Mono

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1.33 : 1
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Henry VI was murdered in the Tower of London. There are memorial statues of him in the schools he founded. See more »

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Version of The Life and Death of King Richard II (1960) See more »

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Henry and Richard and the BBC
8 April 2018 | by nekosenseiSee all my reviews

I've never seen a standalone production of Richard III that I've really liked. If you throw out Henry VI parts I, II and III, you've thrown away half of Richard's story, mostly the parts that make him human. It's much more satisfying to see a great actor working through the entire arc of Richard's journey from lusty young warrior to paranoid king. Now I've seen three BBC TV miniseries that did just that: the 2016 Hollow Crown II, the 1983 production of the four complete plays, and this 1965 eleven-part series.

Hollow Crown II is probably the most accessible to viewers in 2018 with a much shorter running time and better production values, besides featuring an unusually sympathetic portrayal of Richard by Benedict Cumberbatch, cast against type (he probably would have made a better Henry VI, but his fans would have rebelled) and working with the benefit of what's now known about Richard since the discovery of his skeleton. Jane Howell's 1983 production would alienate some viewers with its low budget studio settings and Ken Russellesque high camp approach, but Ron Cook is my all-time favorite Richard, and Peter Benson is so inspired as Henry VI that I have to believe that the real Henry was exactly like that. It's a thrilling production, and so, it turns out, is this 1965 version.

Ron Cook may be my Richard, but I have to admit that in the 1965 series Ian Holm makes the leap beyond Cumberbatch and Cook, who were merely dramatically convincing Richards, to create a clinically accurate and wholly convincing depiction of antisocial personality disorder with sadism and malignant narcissism. It's fashionable to defend Richard and argue he's innocent of the crimes Shakespeare accuses him of, but to me the best thing that can be said for him is he was no worse than the other British warlords around him, and in the context of the play he is the living symbol of the cruelty of the Plantagenet dynasty, just as Henry VI the Benedict Cumberbatch character is the king who's everything they're not: wise, loving, spiritual and vulnerable. David Warner captures all these qualities handsomely as Henry VI, and there's no shortage of other star turns: by Peggy Ashcroft, Janet Suzman, Susan Engel, and Eric Porter. As with the 1983 version, it's a low budget video version shot in a studio, but if you can get past that it's a thrilling theatrical experience.


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