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.
Hailed by The Guardian as a ‘tremendous project ... ambitious ... exciting ... a striking example of the creative use of television', this broadcast landmark has been entirely unavailable in Britain for more than fifty years. Yet its drama of power politics, betrayals, deceptions and deadly rivalries is as alive as ever. So too is the beauty of some of Shakespeare's greatest poetry and prose.
An Age of Kings is distinguished by many outstanding performances, including Robert Hardy, Eileen Atkins, Judi Dench and Sean Connery at the beginning of their successful careers. More than five decades after it was first seen, An Age of Kings is vivid and vibrant drama, with an unparalleled clarity and immediacy, sense of scale and poetic depth.
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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 involvement in such a ground-breaking project and the technical challenges encountered in producing 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.