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A mini-series of adaptations of Shakespeare's history plays: Richard II, Henry IV Parts 1 and 2, and Henry V.
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Series cast summary:
Anton Lesser ...  Exeter 4 episodes, 2012-2016
Simon Russell Beale ...  Falstaff 3 episodes, 2012
Tom Georgeson Tom Georgeson ...  Bardolph 3 episodes, 2012
John Mackay ...  Brakenbury 3 episodes, 2016
Tom Hiddleston ...  Prince Hal / ... 3 episodes, 2012
Sophie Okonedo ...  Margaret 3 episodes, 2016
James Laurenson ...  Westmoreland 3 episodes, 2012
Tom Sturridge ...  Henry VI 3 episodes, 2016
Julie Walters ...  Mistress Quickly 3 episodes, 2012
Alun Armstrong ...  Northumberland 2 episodes, 2012
Will Attenborough ...  Gloucester 2 episodes, 2012
Conrad Asquith Conrad Asquith ...  Bracy 2 episodes, 2012
Benedict Cumberbatch ...  Richard / ... 2 episodes, 2016
Ben Daniels ...  Buckingham 2 episodes, 2016
Alan David Alan David ...  Bishop of Ely 2 episodes, 2016
Adrian Dunbar ...  Plantagenet 2 episodes, 2016
Ian Conningham ...  Peto 2 episodes, 2012
James Fleet ...  Hastings 2 episodes, 2016
Phoebe Fox ...  Anne 2 episodes, 2016
David Dawson ...  Poins 2 episodes, 2012
Drew Dillon Drew Dillon ...  Drawer 2 episodes, 2012
Michelle Dockery ...  Kate Percy 2 episodes, 2012
Barney Harris ...  Ned 2 episodes, 2016
Henry Faber Henry Faber ...  Lancaster 2 episodes, 2012
Keeley Hawes ...  Queen Elizabeth 2 episodes, 2016
Stuart McQuarrie Stuart McQuarrie ...  Vernon 2 episodes, 2016
John Heffernan ...  Francis 2 episodes, 2012
Ben Miles ...  Somerset 2 episodes, 2016
Matthew Needham Matthew Needham ...  Basset 2 episodes, 2016
Jeremy Irons ...  Henry IV 2 episodes, 2012
Lucy Robinson Lucy Robinson ...  Young Cecily 2 episodes, 2016
Paul Ritter ...  Pistol 2 episodes, 2012
Stanley Townsend ...  Warwick 2 episodes, 2016
Maxine Peake ...  Doll Tearsheet 2 episodes, 2012
Jo Stone-Fewings ...  Stanley 2 episodes, 2016
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Dominic Rowan ...  Coleville 2 episodes, 2012
Jason Watkins ...  Suffolk 2 episodes, 2016
Matthew Tennyson ...  Clarence 2 episodes, 2012
Sam Troughton ...  George 2 episodes, 2016
Samuel Valentine Samuel Valentine ...  Grey 2 episodes, 2016
Al Weaver ...  Rivers 2 episodes, 2016
Jamie Ballard Jamie Ballard ...  Grieving Son / ... 2 episodes, 2016
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New adaptations of Shakespeare's tetralogy of history plays comprising the "Henriad" for the BBC's 2012 Cultural Olympiad: King Richard II; King Henry IV, Part 1; King Henry IV, Part 2; King Henry V. The plays chronicle a continuous period in British history from the end of the fourteenth century to the aftermath of the Battle of Agincourt in 1415. Together, the plays comprise a story with recurring themes of power struggles, redemption, family conflict, and betrayal. Written by PKemp

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English

Release Date:

20 September 2013 (USA) See more »

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This series brings together Benedict Cumberbatch and Andrew Scott who played archenemies on Sherlock (2010), playing Sherlock and Jim Moriarty respectively. See more »

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Utterly sublime Shakespeare

What makes this selection of History plays so sublime? The glorious Ben Wishaw as Richard II. The equally glorious Tom Hiddlestone as Henry V. The - again - equally glorious Jeremy Irons as Henry IV. The fantastic supporting cast - especially Simon Russell Beale and Julie Walters and Rory Kinnear....

Also, the spellbinding music, the authentic locations, the detailed costumes, the sensitive cinematography, the wonderful direction and, of course, the eternally magnificent words.

I cannot find enough superlatives to praise these sublime productions. Shakespeare's language, his vision and his political and social world, brought to life by different directors with differing approaches, but with a singular aim - to entertain an audience with the most powerful weapons available - language. For me, they succeeded. To paraphrase the words of another denizen of Shakespeare's limitless imagination, Prospero, these productions: "...are such stuff as dreams are made on;"

Thank you, whoever had the common sense to commission and nurture these productions; the best thing I have seen on my television this year. And my 19 year old daughter and 16 year old son agree - I am no wrinkled greybeard, bemoaning the loss of the golden age, but I hope to see more of these productions; stunning gems of real culture and tradition, nestled amidst the dross of reality TV programming and the glorification of idiocy that is typified by the celebrity culture in which we live.

My copy of the DVD is on order, and I cannot wait to watch these magnificent productions again. And again and again and again....


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