British Universities Film & Video Council

moving image and sound, knowledge and access

Richard II

Synopsis
Derek Jacobi discusses Richard II. Jacobi comments on his own interpretation of Richard in the BBC Television Shakespeare series and states at the end of the programme that knowing what he knows about the play he wants to perform it again, and could play it better. The nature of absolute power is discussed and parallels are drawn with Margaret Thatcher, Ceausescu and Gaddafi. The authorship question is raised as Jacobi talks with Jason Lindsay, the current owner of Hedingham Castle, the ancestral home of the de Vere family.

Excerpts:
RICHARD II (BBC, 1970). d. Tony Robertson
RICHARD II (BBC, 1978). d. David Giles
RICHARD II (Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre, 2003) d. Tim Carroll
RICHARD II (BBC, 2012) d. Rupert Goold.

There are rehearsal scenes of the play at Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre directed by Simon Usher.

Contributors: Jonathan Bate, Justin Champion, Marjorie Garber, Rupert Goold, John Sergeant, Ben Whishaw
Series
Shakespeare Uncovered
Language
English
Country
Great Britain
Medium
Television
Technical information
Colour / Sound
Transmission details
30 Jun 2012 at 23:20 (Channel: BBC2)
Duration
60 mins

Credits

Director
John Holdsworth
Producer
John Holdsworth
Contributor
Ben Whishaw; Derek Jacobi; John Sergeant; Jonathan Bate; Justin Champion; Marjorie Garber; Rupert Goold; Simon Usher
Cast
Jamie ParkerKing Richard II
James GarnonBolingbroke
Gareth Bennett RyanBushy
James GarnonEdmund of Langley, Duke of York
Michael JarvisBagot

Additional Details

Production type
Documentary/Educational/News
Plays
Richard II
Subjects
Drama
Keywords
monarchy; Shakespeare, William (1564-1616); Authorship; Rehearsals
Related items
Prefaces to Shakespeare

Notes

Notes
The six episodes in this series are available as a 2-disc DVD from MovieMail and other retailers with the title PREFACES TO SHAKESPEARE. The DVD is catalogued separately on this database. The DVD is catalogued separately on this database. The series is also released on DVD (Region 1) by PBS and sold as a 2-DVD set with the MY SHAKESPEARE series under the general title of SHAKESPEARE UNCOVERED.

Online Availability

Online URL
https://store.bbc.com/shakespeare-uncovered
Online price
£1.89
Online format
Download

Production Company

Name

116 Films

Name

Blakeway Productions

Name

Thirteen/WNET

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
Name

Learning on Screen Off-Air Recording Back-up Service

Email
services@bufvc.ac.uk
Web
http://bufvc.ac.uk/tvandradio/offair External site opens in new window
Phone
020 7393 1514
Fax
020 7393 1555
Address
For Learning on Screen Members only
77 Wells Street
London
W1T 3QJ

Distributor

Name

BBC Store

Web
https://store.bbc.com/ External site opens in new window
Notes
NB. From May 2017 programmes are no longer available to buy on BBC Store. From November 1st 2017 the store will close completely and programmes bought from BBC Store will no longer be available to watch. Customers who have bought items from BBC Store will be contacted by email and refunded for their purchases either by full cash refund or Amazon video vouchers.

Online Retailer

Name

PBS Shop

Web
http://www.shoppbs.org External site opens in new window

Record Stats

This record has been viewed 717 times.