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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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 ...  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 ...  Vernon 2 episodes, 2016
John Heffernan ...  Francis 2 episodes, 2012
Ben Miles ...  Somerset 2 episodes, 2016
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
Geoffrey Streatfeild Geoffrey Streatfeild ...  Edward IV 2 episodes, 2016
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 ...  Grey 2 episodes, 2016
Al Weaver ...  Rivers 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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Drama | History | War

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This show contains eight cast members from Game of Thrones (2011). The cast members and their respective characters in that show are as follows: Lucian Msamati (Salladhor Saan), Iain Glen (Jorah Mormont), Harry Lloyd (Viserys Targaryen), Robert Pugh (Craster), Owen Teale (Alliser Thorne), Josef Altin (Pyp), Toby Sebastian (Trystane Martell), and Anton Lesser (Qyburn). Edit to also include David Bradley. See more »

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Superb production.
20 July 2012 | by macadam122See all my reviews

When I was at school, Shakespeare was as dry as the pages it was written on. To watch it, performed by actors who really know and understand Shakespeare, and can convey that in their work, is to enter a world of majesty, of subtle innuendo, of humour and of total understanding of the work of the Shakespeare who used his gift to allow 'the common man' to discuss and understand the goings-on and political machinations of his age. There are no 'spoilers' when it comes to Shakespeare - the work is out there in a myriad of forms and interpretations, waiting to be read. This production is one of the best available. Watch it, then read the plays. Savour the words. Go back and watch the scene performed. Truly appreciate the nuance and the masterful language of the master at work. I cannot recommend this production highly enough. From the haughty, almost effete King Richard (Ben Wishaw) through Jeremy Iron's haunted Henry IV to the masterpiece of development that is Tom Hiddleston's Prince Hal, this production brings the humanity and the grandeur of the role of King and all that conveys. Get it. Watch it. Love it.


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20 September 2013 (USA) See more »

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