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Henry VI Part 2 

Five years on the country is in the midst of civil war with Suffolk and Buckingham among the casualties at the battle of St Albans and the triumphant Plantagenet claiming the throne for the... See full summary »


Dominic Cooke


Ben Power




Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Simon Armstrong ... Grieving Father
Jamie Ballard Jamie Ballard ... Grieving Son
Archie Bradfield Archie Bradfield ... Young Ned
Benedict Cumberbatch ... Richard
Ben Daniels ... Buckingham
Alan David Alan David ... Bishop of Ely
Adrian Dunbar ... Plantagenet
James Fleet ... Hastings
Phoebe Fox ... Anne
Mariah Gale ... Lady Bona
Christopher Godwin Christopher Godwin ... Shepherd II
Tom Godwin ... Shepherd I
Barney Harris ... Ned
Keeley Hawes ... Queen Elizabeth
Angus Imrie ... Edmund


Five years on the country is in the midst of civil war with Suffolk and Buckingham among the casualties at the battle of St Albans and the triumphant Plantagenet claiming the throne for the Yorkists. To avoid further bloodshed Henry agrees to make Plantagenrt his heir on his death, angering queen Margaret, who shocks her husband with a violent counter action. However the Yorkists triumph with Edward IV crowned king. Henry, descending into madness, is imprisoned in the Tower of London whilst Margaret and her son seek sanctuary in France. Yet Edward is not without his opponents, led by Margaret, whom he routs at the battle of Tewkesbury, aided by his brothers George, Duke of Clarence and Richard of Gloucester, a victory which will seal Henry's fate since Richard has ambitions of his own. Written by don @ minifie-1

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Release Date:

18 December 2016 (USA) See more »

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Thirteen / WNET See more »
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Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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This is the second time that Benedict Cumberbatch and Andrew Scott are working together. The first time was on acclaimed show Sherlock. See more »

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Utterly uninspired; turns beauty to ugliness
12 February 2017 | by sarastro7See all my reviews

Although it's quite ridiculous to rate it a "1", I have to say I largely agree with the previous reviewer. The spirit of Shakespeare's poetry and beauty is completely absent in this sliced-up and cut-down version, which seems to have had no other ambition than to appeal to Game of Thrones fans. The producers are clearly all big fans of graphic throat-cutting, almost to the point of fetishization. There are good scenes here and there, but by the standard that a good adaptation should be a good representation of Shakespeare's story and poetry, this version falls almost as short as it possibly can. There is little love of Shakespeare on display here. This is one of the worst Shakespeare adaptations ever made (and this comes from someone who collects them, and owns virtually every adaptation of a Shakespeare play ever released on disk), despite some of the actors being good (the guy who plays Henry VI, for one). I habitually re-watch my Shakespeare DVDs, but this is one I don't anticipate ever having any desire to see again.

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