How cool. BBC’s going to do a run of Shakespeare movies.
It is more than 30 years since the BBC last screened a major cycle of Shakespeare’s history plays. So it is little surprise that this summer’s four new films from the corporation have attracted the cream of British acting and directing talent – from Jeremy Irons and Ben Whisaw to Simon Russell Beale and Sir Richard Eyre.
With the Oscar-winning director Sam Mendes as executive producer, the BBC will screen Richard II, Henry IV parts I and II, and Henry V, from late June on BBC2 as part of the Cultural Olympiad.
I’ve seen Henry V live and it was really good. I think we’ve all seen
Richard Kenneth Branagh (sorry, wasn’t paying attention!) do his version. I’ve never seen either part of Henry IV or Richard II.
Best part? Michelle Dockery is playing Lady Percy in Henry IV.
Yeah, I like Shakespeare. Don’t tell the anti-gunners. They think we are too stupid to understand it.
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