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King Lear 

Not Rated | | Drama | Episode aired 11 October 1998
King Lear, old and tired, divides his kingdom among his daughters, giving great importance to their protestations of love for him. When Cordelia, youngest and most honest, refuses to idly ... See full summary »

Director:

Richard Eyre

Writers:

Richard Eyre (adaptation), William Shakespeare (play)
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Cast

Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Paul Rhys ... Edgar
Finbar Lynch ... Edmund
Timothy West ... Gloucester
David Burke ... Kent
Barbara Flynn ... Goneril
Amanda Redman ... Regan
Victoria Hamilton ... Cordelia
David Lyon David Lyon ... Albany
Michael Simkins ... Cornwall
Ian Holm ... Lear
Martin Chamberlain Martin Chamberlain ... Lear's Knight
Adrian Irvine Adrian Irvine ... France
Nicholas R. Bailey ... Burgundy
William Osborne William Osborne ... Oswald
Michael Bryant ... Fool
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Storyline

King Lear, old and tired, divides his kingdom among his daughters, giving great importance to their protestations of love for him. When Cordelia, youngest and most honest, refuses to idly flatter the old man in return for favor, he banishes her and turns for support to his remaining daughters. But Goneril and Regan have no love for him and instead plot to take all his power from him. In a parallel, Lear's loyal courtier Gloucester favors his illegitimate son Edmund after being told lies about his faithful son Edgar. Madness and tragedy befall both ill-starred fathers. Written by Jim Beaver <jumblejim@prodigy.net>

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Genres:

Drama

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Not Rated | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

PBS [United States]

Country:

UK | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 October 1998 (USA) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Stereo

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The script indicates that the Fool is a very young man, who is perversely wiser than the very old King Lear. While this version leaves in many of the script cues suggesting this, the Fool is played by Michael Bryant who was older than Ian Holm (Lear). See more »

Connections

Version of King Lear: Episode #1.6 (1974) See more »

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Over Acting Extravaganza!
27 April 2001 | by toddclancySee all my reviews

I watched this in grade 12 english after we read the play and i'd have to say it was pretty crappy. At the beginning edmund was using a pencil to write the fake letter from edgar about he plan to kill his father they didnt have pencils back then. most of the clothes were modern i swear all the sisters sweaters in one scene were from the gap!, the hair styles were very modern. The acting was the worst, so much over acting. the woman who played cordelia was awful i havent seen acting that bad in a long time. most of the actors over acted and it was too fake and sucked. im sorry but this was an awful awful awful version of king lear.


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