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Henry VI Part 1 

Following his father's early death and the loss of possessions in France young Henry VI comes to the throne, under the protection of the duke of Gloucester. He is unaware that there are ... See full summary »

Director:

Dominic Cooke

Writer:

Ben Power
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Tom Beard ... Sir William Lucy
Max Bennett ... John Talbot
Hugh Bonneville ... Gloucester
Tom Byam Shaw Tom Byam Shaw ... Dauphin Charles (as Tom Purbeck)
Sean Cernow ... Murderer
Pandora Colin Pandora Colin ... Joan's Mother
Adrian Dunbar ... Plantagenet
Laura Morgan ... Joan of Arc
Michael Gambon ... Mortimer
Philip Glenister ... Talbot
Sally Hawkins ... Eleanor
Anton Lesser ... Exeter
John Mackay ... Brakenbury
Stuart McQuarrie ... Vernon
Ben Miles ... Somerset
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Following his father's early death and the loss of possessions in France young Henry VI comes to the throne, under the protection of the duke of Gloucester. He is unaware that there are other claimants to the throne, Plantagent of York and Somerset of Lancaster, whose factions will ultimately cause the Wars of the Roses. Ignorant of the schisms Henry tries to unite them in the Hundred Years War, capturing Joan of Arc, before he marries Margaret of Anjou to unite England and France, but there is no dowry, angering the court. Margaret finds the pious Henry a dull husband and embarks upon an affair with Somerset as well as crossing Gloucester's wife Eleanor. When Gloucester is arrested for alleged treason because of Eleanor Henry is too feeble to prevent his death or the country slipping into civil war. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Drama | History

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Language:

English

Release Date:

11 December 2016 (USA) See more »

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WNET Thirteen See more »
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Stereo

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Color

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16:9 HD
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Despite being titled 'Part 1' and 'Part 2,' the two episodes are actually adapted from 'Henry VI' Parts 1, 2, and 3 and then broken into two parts. See more »

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Brilliant in every way
8 May 2016 | by hillrosemarySee all my reviews

I watched this yesterday evening and was riveted from start to finish. The acting was excellent from every member of the cast, but Ben Miles (Somerset), Sophie Okonedo (Margaret of Anjou) and Hugh Bonneville (Gloucester) absolutely took my breath away. Everyone's diction was crystal clear, and the whole thing was beautifully shot. The BBC, like any organisation, may have its flaws, but when it does something like this I defy any broadcasting organisation in the world to outclass it. Anyone watching who doesn't know the history of the Wars of the Roses may find the events being depicted a little confusing at first, but reading a synopsis of the play beforehand will help and is well worth it. Outstanding, and I can hardly wait for the next two adaptations.


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