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Henry V 

Not Rated | | Drama, History | Episode aired 11 October 2013
Hal is now a responsible monarch as Henry V, his rejection of Falstaff hastening the latter's death. Told by courtiers that,through Edward III, he has a claim to the French throne he makes ... See full summary »


Thea Sharrock


Ben Power (screenplay), William Shakespeare | 1 more credit »

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Edward Akrout ... Louis, the Dauphin
Tom Brooke ... Corporal Nym
Geraldine Chaplin ... Alice (as Géraldine Chaplin)
Richard Clothier Richard Clothier ... Earl of Salisbury
Nigel Cooke Nigel Cooke ... Bishop of Ely
Jérémie Covillault Jérémie Covillault ... Montjoy
John Dagleish ... John Bates
Philippe De Brugada Philippe De Brugada ... Governor of Harfleur
Thomas Dennis Thomas Dennis ... Young Messenger
Paul Freeman ... Thomas Erpingham
Tom Georgeson Tom Georgeson ... Bardolph
Richard Griffiths ... Duke of Burgundy
Tom Hiddleston ... Henry V
John Hurt ... The Chorus
Paterson Joseph ... Duke of York


Hal is now a responsible monarch as Henry V, his rejection of Falstaff hastening the latter's death. Told by courtiers that,through Edward III, he has a claim to the French throne he makes overtures to the Dauphin but is sent a humiliating present of tennis balls. He prepares an expeditionary force to cross the Channel and take the throne, capturing the town of Harfleur during a surprise nocturnal raid following an inspirational speech. Though merciful to its inhabitants, Henry allows soldier Bardolph to be hung for looting. After another truce is turned down by the French, Henry prepares for the pitched battle of Agincourt, wandering the camp in disguise on its eve to gauge opinion of him. The battle is won with minimal English losses and the French king, whose daughter Henry marries, declares him to be his successor. However, an end title shows that Henry dies of dysentery at the age of thirty-five and we are told that his son Henry VI loses possession of France. Written by don @ minifie-1

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11 October 2013 (USA) See more »

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16:9 HD
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The previous film version, Henry V (1989), starred and was directed by Kenneth Branagh. Branagh directed Tom Hiddleston in his breakthrough role, that of Loki in Thor (2011). See more »


Follows The Hollow Crown: Henry IV, Part 2 (2012) See more »

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Weaker than Branagh's adaptation
27 August 2012 | by tyrfishSee all my reviews

As I being, I should warn you that my opinions are heavily biased in favour of the Branagh adaptation, as it is my favourite adaptation of Shakespeare.

Let's see. Comparing the Duke of Exeter in this version to Brian Blessed in the previous, I can easily say that Anton Lesser looks like a weak push-over compared to Blessed's menacing executor of Henry's will. He's the one that bugged me most.

Hiddleston does not give a bad performance, but his speeches are completely robbed of passion, evident from his soldiers' reaction to them (they couldn't look less impressed). Removing the Southampton scene was also a bad idea - Only thing I liked more than Branagh was the Harfleur speech, adding civilians to it made it much more menacing (although again, there is not much passion to the speech).

The Duke of York, whose change of actor from Richard II is a little bit awkward, dies in the most anti-climatic way possible. Two English commanders and a French commander just quit the battlefield to kill each other?

And of course, the Archbishop of Canterbury. It seemed like he was more forced to delivering his lines, rather than being the manipulating priest he was in the Branagh version. It's a wonder he even managed to sway Henry into a decision.

It's been an orderless review, but I should mention the Battle of Agincourt again. After the battle in Henry IV pt. 1, I expected to see a gritty and muddy adaptation of Agincourt. What I found, instead, was a boring time-filler. Unwise camera angles show you how small the battle actually is compared to what it should be.

Overall, it was a very disappointing adaptation of Henry V, and compared to earlier plays in the Hollow Crown series, it fell short.

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