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Ivanhoe 

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After returning from the Third Crusade in the Holy Land, Ivanhoe discovers that England is under the rule of the corrupt Prince John.
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Series cast summary:
David Barrass David Barrass ...  Hubert 6 episodes, 1997
Ralph Brown ...  Prince John 6 episodes, 1997
Jimmy Chisholm Jimmy Chisholm ...  Wamba 6 episodes, 1997
Trevor Cooper ...  Gurth 6 episodes, 1997
Ciarán Hinds ...  Brian de Bois-Guilbert 6 episodes, 1997
David Horovitch ...  Isaac 6 episodes, 1997
Susan Lynch ...  Rebecca 6 episodes, 1997
Victoria Smurfit ...  Lady Rowena 6 episodes, 1997
Steven Waddington ...  Sir Wilfred of Ivanhoe 6 episodes, 1997
James Cosmo ...  Cedric 5 episodes, 1997
Simon Donald ...  Louis Winkelbrand 5 episodes, 1997
Rory Edwards Rory Edwards ...  King Richard 5 episodes, 1997
Aden Gillett ...  Robin of Locksley 5 episodes, 1997
Jack Klaff ...  Malvoisin 5 episodes, 1997
David J. Nicholls David J. Nicholls ...  Little John 5 episodes, 1997
Ronald Pickup ...  Waldemar Fitzurse 5 episodes, 1997
Chris Walker Chris Walker ...  Athelstane 5 episodes, 1997
Roger Ashton-Griffiths ...  Prior Aymer 4 episodes, 1997
Peter Guinness ...  Montfitchet 4 episodes, 1997
Christopher Lee ...  Lucas de Beaumanoir 4 episodes, 1997
Valentine Pelka Valentine Pelka ...  Maurice de Bracy 4 episodes, 1997
Niven Boyd Niven Boyd ...  Oswald 3 episodes, 1997
Nick Brimble ...  Reginald Front de Boeuf 3 episodes, 1997
Ron Donachie ...  Friar Tuck 3 episodes, 1997
Dermot Keaney ...  Brother Ambrose 3 episodes, 1997
Renny Krupinski ...  Bardon 3 episodes, 1997
Peter Needham Peter Needham ...  Abbot 3 episodes, 1997
Chris Barnes Chris Barnes ...  Priest 2 episodes, 1997
Cynthia Grenville Cynthia Grenville ...  Elgitha 2 episodes, 1997
Ciaran Madden ...  Urfried 2 episodes, 1997
Siân Phillips ...  Queen Eleanor 2 episodes, 1997
Martin Walsh Martin Walsh ...  Young guard 2 episodes, 1997
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After returning from the Third Crusade in the Holy Land, Ivanhoe discovers that England is under the rule of the corrupt Prince John.

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Sir Christopher Lee's first acting role for the BBC since 1947. See more »

Goofs

In the second joust at Ashby, they joust with blunted lances. During the charge, the templar's lance clearly lacks the metal end-cap. In the next shot, when he makes contact, the cap is in place. See more »

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Queen Eleanor: It matters not to me if all the nations of Christendom know that Queen Eleanor's sons are curdle-brained ninnies, so incapable of settling their differences that they have to send for their mother to do it for them!
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My Favourite Version Up to Date
21 August 2006 | by kitsilanoca-1See all my reviews

I watched this outstanding four hour epic for the umpteenth time yesterday evening and found I still was drawn to it as I was the first time I saw it. I agree with another viewer's comment that it isn't to be used for historical reference, but what it does with 12th century English history can be overlooked because of the way it makes you feel you are witnessing what life was truly like in the 1190s.

Ciaran Hinds and Susan Lynch sizzle as Brian de Bois Guilbert and Rebecca; I particularly find fascinating the way Hinds is able to transform Bois Guilbert from a deeply embittered, ruthless man into one who finds his own soul in searching for Rebecca's as he tries to woo her. After he has learned that the Grand Master of the Templars has demanded that she be tried as a witch, he immediately goes to warn her and tells her that "I haven't felt fear in 20 years, but I feel it now!", and you truly believe him. That and his final line as he lies beneath Ivanhoe's sword after he has fallen defeated in their Trial by Combat to decide whether Rebecca is to be burned as a witch: "In Austria I was not brave enough to die for (King) Richard...But for her...Do it!" A true anti-hero.

This drama has dozens of wonderful lines, but I think my favourite is when Sian Philips, in a very impressive brief role as the Dowager Queen Eleanor, comments to her lady-in-waiting in reference to her late husband King Henry II and her sons Richard and John: "Beware of powerful men, Bernice. They spawn unspeakable whelps!" It makes me smile every time.

Ralph Brown is deliciously wicked as Prince John, and I think his is the first accurate portrayal of the man destined to be King of England that I have ever seen, showing him as a scheming usurper, devious at statecraft, a womaniser and murderer. The way he subtly makes a joke at Rebecca's trial as he questions the claim by a dog's owner of Rebecca using magic to kill the animal. John says with a smirk he doesn't try to hide from the Grand Master, that the present panting, healthy hound "looks just find to me." He shows boredom and almost rolls his eyes at certain points of Rebecca's trial at what her accusers say, a sign of his defiance of the Church he will show later in his life.

I think Sir Walter Scott himself would be pleased with adaptation of his novel, which follows most of the story very closely while filling out certain characters that are more three dimensional in this film than they were in the classic novel. A true BBC masterpiece!


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