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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 ... 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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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 1 (2012) See more »

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The Plantagenet Supremacy - superb climax to an excellent series of productions
23 July 2012 | by alfa-16See all my reviews

Well, you have to see this.

Even if you don't watch the three prequels, The Plantagenet Identity, The Plantagenet Legacy and the Plantagenet Ascendancy (RII, HiVi & HIVii).

It's classic Shakespearean filmmaking with a superb cast, mostly excellent direction, great cinematography and an absolutely outstanding central performance from Hiddlestone, which finally stepped out of the shadows of those of his famous predecessors as the play reached its climax. And there are other actors turning in their film-career best here too, Anton Lesser and Melanie Thierry for example.

All in all, the best Shakespeare the BBC has ever done. Hiddlestone may take the laurels for his three performances as Hal, the not-so-callow, not-so-innocent teenage chrysalis who turns into a malevolent Machiavellian butterfly but Whishaw's utterly brilliant Richard II is a very good reason to start the cycle from the beginning, as intended.

The quartet of plays builds on the Shakespearean tradition of adapting for cinema while retaining as much as possible of Shakespeare's imaginative manifesto as we have it in the play's Prologue, demanding imaginative effort of the part of the viewer rather than supplying every conceivable horse and nail.

The drama is built with a theatrical approach to casting and mise-en-scene, resisting (mostly) the temptation to colour the action with simulated CGI reality. Shot entirely in the UK, the outdoor locations are always beautifully chosen but never needlessly populated with thousands of digital soldiers. There are CGI glimpses of mediaeval England and French armies here and there but they never dominate the theatrical requirement to distinguish drama from scene-setting. Olivier's version started in the theatre and then cut away, wider and wider until the famous charge and the immense Agincourt scenes. Here, the camera stays focused on the main players throughout and even the famous 'band of brothers' speech, though spoken on an outdoor battlefield, manages to retain a theatrical intimacy.

Hats off to the BBC who, whatever I or anyone else says about them, can still deliver when it matters.

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