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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:

Jonathan Miller

Writer:

William Shakespeare (play)

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Cast

Episode credited cast:
Sarah Badel Sarah Badel ... Goneril
Geoffrey Collins Geoffrey Collins ... Servant
Angela Down Angela Down ... Cordelia
Roger Elliott Roger Elliott ... Servant
Donald Gee Donald Gee ... Oswald
Leslie Glazer Leslie Glazer ... Doctor
Paul Haley Paul Haley ... Captain
Mike Hayward Mike Hayward ... Servant
Ewan Hooper ... Earl of Kent
Michael Hordern ... King Lear
David Horovitch ... Duke of Burgundy
Michael Jayston ... Edmund
David Kincaid David Kincaid ... Gentleman, attendant on Cordelia
George Merritt ... Old man
Frank Middlemass ... 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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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

23 March 1975 (UK) See more »

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Technical Specs

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Penelope Wilton reprised her role as Regan in King Lear (1982). See more »

Connections

Version of King Lear: Episode #1.4 (1974) See more »

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