After returning from the Third Crusade in the Holy Land, Ivanhoe discovers that England is under the rule of the corrupt Prince John.
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Series cast summary:
David Barrass David Barrass ...  Hubert 6 episodes, 1997
Ralph Brown ...  Prince John 6 episodes, 1997
Jimmy Chisholm Jimmy Chisholm ...  Wamba 6 episodes, 1997
Trevor Cooper ...  Gurth 6 episodes, 1997
Ciarán Hinds ...  Brian de Bois-Guilbert 6 episodes, 1997
David Horovitch ...  Isaac 6 episodes, 1997
Susan Lynch ...  Rebecca 6 episodes, 1997
Victoria Smurfit ...  Lady Rowena 6 episodes, 1997
Steven Waddington ...  Sir Wilfred of Ivanhoe 6 episodes, 1997
James Cosmo ...  Cedric 5 episodes, 1997
Simon Donald ...  Louis Winkelbrand 5 episodes, 1997
Rory Edwards Rory Edwards ...  King Richard 5 episodes, 1997
Aden Gillett ...  Robin of Locksley 5 episodes, 1997
Jack Klaff ...  Malvoisin 5 episodes, 1997
David J. Nicholls David J. Nicholls ...  Little John 5 episodes, 1997
Ronald Pickup ...  Waldemar Fitzurse 5 episodes, 1997
Chris Walker Chris Walker ...  Athelstane 5 episodes, 1997
Roger Ashton-Griffiths ...  Prior Aymer 4 episodes, 1997
Peter Guinness ...  Montfitchet 4 episodes, 1997
Christopher Lee ...  Lucas de Beaumanoir 4 episodes, 1997
Valentine Pelka ...  Maurice de Bracy 4 episodes, 1997
Niven Boyd Niven Boyd ...  Oswald 3 episodes, 1997
Nick Brimble ...  Reginald Front de Boeuf 3 episodes, 1997
Ron Donachie ...  Friar Tuck 3 episodes, 1997
Dermot Keaney ...  Brother Ambrose 3 episodes, 1997
Renny Krupinski ...  Bardon 3 episodes, 1997
Peter Needham Peter Needham ...  Abbot 3 episodes, 1997
Chris Barnes Chris Barnes ...  Priest 2 episodes, 1997
Cynthia Grenville Cynthia Grenville ...  Elgitha 2 episodes, 1997
Ciaran Madden ...  Urfried 2 episodes, 1997
Siân Phillips ...  Queen Eleanor 2 episodes, 1997
Martin Walsh Martin Walsh ...  Young guard 2 episodes, 1997
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After returning from the Third Crusade in the Holy Land, Ivanhoe discovers that England is under the rule of the corrupt Prince John.

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Sir Christopher Lee's first acting role for the BBC since 1947. See more »

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In the final showdown between Ivanhoe and Brian de Bois-Guilbert, Ivanhoe cuts Brian de Bois-Guilbert's shield in half. In the next scene we see Brian de Bois-Guilbert turn his horse for a new charge, and his shield is undamaged. But when he reaches Ivanhoe, the shield is broken again. See more »

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Brian de Bois-Guilbert: ...Now I am rich enough...
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Brian de Bois-Guilbert: To buy you books
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An epic with great characters.
9 June 1999 | by Walt-42See all my reviews

This mini-series of Ivanhoe is that rare breed of production, a costume epic with fleshed-out characters we can believe in and care about. Lavishly filmed on locations in the United Kingdom, it's a project that appeals to the eye as well as the mind. And best of all, it's got really great bad guys.

There's nothing unusual about villains holding center-stage, but Ciaran Hinds' turn as the tormented Brian de Bois-Guilbert in Ivanhoe stands as one of the most complex and riveting evildoers you'll see on a screen.

Hinds' Guilbert is a fleshed-out Darth Vader, a valiant knight who's become jaded and abandoned youthful convictions after years of bearing the sword in a harsh world. He murders and plots, but can still be moved to anguish and despair.

Hinds' strong performance typifies this powerful presentation of Walter Scott's convoluted story of knights, castles, revenge and redemption during the reign of Richard the Lionhearted. The tricky-to-follow story is still there, but it hardly matters amid exciting chain-mail carnage, scheming monarchs and great characters.

Nothing can beat Sian Phillips (I Claudius) as Queen Eleanor, chiding her grown sons Richard and Prince John. Even evil princes can't talk back to mother. Christopher Lee is Lucard de Beaumanoir, head of the hard-praying, hard-fighting Templar Knights. Lee's piercing eyes and rich voice demand respect in his few scenes. It's truly a shame he hasn't been in more high-quality productions over the years. Susan Lynch (Cracker, Waking Ned Devine) offers another strong presence as Rebecca, the Jewess who enters the hearts of Guilbert and Ivanhoe. And it's refreshing to see such larger-than-lifers like Robin Hood and Friar Tuck look like real men for a change.

In the title role, Steven Waddington is stoic and strong, but through much of the story he's a wounded hero on the run. Shown in North America by A&E, this mini-series is now available on video. It's well worth seeing for anyone who wants meaty characters to go along with castles and swordplay.


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