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Henry VI Part Three - BBC Shakespeare Collection [1983]

Peter Benson , Julia Foster , Jane Howell    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Peter Benson, Julia Foster, Bernard Hill, Ron Cook, Rowena Cooper
  • Directors: Jane Howell
  • Writers: William Shakespeare
  • Producers: Jonathan Miller
  • Format: PAL, Colour, Full Screen, Mono
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: BBC Worldwide
  • Run Time: 211 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 61,228 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


In 1978, the BBC set itself the task of filming all of William Shakespeare's plays for television. The resulting productions, renowned for their loyalty to the text, utilised the best theatrical and television directors and brought highly praised performances from leading contemporary actors - HENRY VI PART THREE [1983] When defeat at St Albans forces Henry to cede succession to the House of York, an infuriated Queen Margaret fights on, determined her son will be the next king. But with the Duke of York's death in battle, the future of the throne is once again thrown into question. Shakespeare's final War of the Roses instalment continues the descent of an ordered world into chaos. Outstanding amon the play's characters are the ruthless Margaret (brilliantly played by Julia Foster) and the increasingly alienated and enraged anti-hero Richard of Gloucester (Ron Cook).

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4.0 out of 5 stars Classic BBC production 27 Sep 2013
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Took a few minutes to get into and some of the fight scenes aren't the best but you can't fault the acting and it helps to understand Richard iii.Have enjoyed watching this production. The DVD arrived in good time and in an excellent condition as promised.
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5.0 out of 5 stars VI TASTIC.. 1 Feb 2013
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Had to use this for my Student course when i asked for it.fantastic quality..great cast.It really enhances acting of its highest quality. great sound.superb sets. Worth the money.Any BBC Shakespeare production is great.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An underrated part of Shakespeare's CV... 20 April 2010
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Written just a century after events, Shakespeare's Henry VI plays are a bit snubbed but I really like these wonderful BBC versions. Artistic licence with facts aside, the rumbustious scripts & ugly violence bring home the poisonous resentments that stoked the Wars of the Roses. To really get Richard III, make sure you watch these three first.Henry VI Part One 1983 BBCHenry VI Part Two 1983 BBC
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent final part of the trilogy 7 Sep 2012
This final part of Shakespeare's trilogy covering the life of Henry VI and the War of the Roses is probably the best of the three, dark and gritty and very real. I found myself so engrossed in the characters and action that I was hardly aware of the very basic, 'stagy' set that has been used through-out the three plays.

All the parts are well played; a special mention should probably go to Mark Wing-Davey as Warwick - he has grown with the role from a rather foppish courtier to a convincing warrior and `king-maker'. Julia Foster continues to be excellent as Queen Margaret, and Ron Cook is shaping up as an entertaining Richard III, part comical, part menacing.

Of course, like the other two parts it is very long - we watched in instalments - and it can be hard to follow if you are not familiar with the history, however I found it exciting, enjoyable and good drama.
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