An Age of Kings: BBC, DVD (2013)
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An Age of Kings is BBC Television's compelling 15-episode production from 1960 of William Shakespeare's great national pageant of eight History plays.
An Age of Kings is distinguished by a rigorous approach to the text, by Michael Hayes’ frequently inventive direction and by numerous performances of the highest achievement. Here are Frank Pettingell and Angela Baddeley at a late stage in their successful stage and film careers, alongside Robert Hardy, Eileen Atkins, Judi Dench, Tony Garnett, and Sean Connery, among many others, at the beginning of theirs.
An Age of Kings was the first production in Britain, whether in the theatre or on the screen, of all eight Histories as a coherent single story. Its production remains the only occasion when a single company and production team has taken on all of the plays for television. More than five decades after it was first seen, the series is a vivid and vibrant drama, with an unparalleled clarity and immediacy, sense of scale and poetic depth.
The Making of An Age of Kings features an interview with Tony Garnett filmed at Riverside Studios where the series was broadcast live. Before he produced Cathy Come Home, Days of Hope and many other landmark productions, Tony Garnett was one of the acting company for An Age of Kings. He recalls his experiences on this groundbreaking project and reflects on the challenges of making one of the most ambitious Shakespeare projects ever filmed.
Also included in the DVD pack is a 24 page booklet giving background information and critical writing about the production.
Running time: 960 minutes
Region: 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe)
Number of Discs: 5
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