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Beau Brummell: This Charming Man

Synopsis
Television drama about the Regency dandy Beau Brummell focusing on his relationship with the Prince Regent. There are Shakespeare references throughout especially in two short scenes in which the Prince asks Brummell to entertain him and requests that they read together from Henry IV. Parts 1 and 2. The Prince takes the part of Hal and Brummell that of Falstaff. The readings include the ‘I know thee not, old man’ highlighting Brummell’s fall from grace when the Prince Regent eventually rejects him. The slim and elegant Brummell makes the original ‘who’s your fat friend joke’ about the Prince, a reversal of typecasting of the roles of Hal and Falstaff also commented on in the script.
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Television
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Transmission details
19 Jun 2006 at 21:00 (Channel: BBC4)
Duration
80 mins

Credits

Director
Philippa Lowthorpe
Producer
David Edgar (2)
Screenplay
Simon Bent
Cast
Hugh BonnevillePrince Regent (Prince Henry (Hal))
James PurefoyBeau Brummell (Sir John Falstaff)
Matthew RhysLord Byron
Phil DavisMaster Servant Robinson

Additional Details

Production type
Television and Radio Drama
Plays
Henry IV Part 1; Henry IV Part 2
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
Shakespeare, William (1564-1616)

Notes

General
Based on Ian Kelly’s biography Beau Brummell : The Ultimate Dandy.
History
Shown in ‘The Century That Made Us’ season.

Production Company

Name

Flashback Television

Fax
020 7490 5610
Address
11 Bowling Green Lane
London EC1R 0BC
Notes
Contact: Taylor Downing

Archive

Name

BFI National Archive

Web
http://www.bfi.org.uk/archive-collections/searching-access-collections/research-viewing-services External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7255 1444
Fax
020 7436 0165
Address
21 Stephen Street
London
W1T 1LN

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