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Ivanhoe 

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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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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 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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12 January 1997 (UK) See more »

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Sir 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: Beware of powerful men, Berniece. They spawn unspeakable whelps!
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Best version yet.
3 October 2003 | by grendelkhanSee 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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