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A collection of three plays by Mike Walker, inspired by Holinshed's Chronicles, about the early years of the Plantagenet dynasty. The series was originally broadcast on Radio 4 in the Classic Serials slots on 14, 21, and 28 February 2010. ‘What is a Man?’ - The first of the House of Anjou to be king of England, Henry II's long reign was finally beset by conflict with his sons.

‘John, by the Grace of God’ - The fourth son of Henry II never expected to succeed to the English throne. When he does, he reveals a talent for making enemies.

Starring David Warner, Jane Lapotaire, Ed Stoppard, Joseph Cohen-Cole and Neil Stuke. Directed by Jeremy Mortimer.

©2010 AudioGO Ltd (P)2010 AudioGO Ltd

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A truly cinematic radio production.

A fascinating tale of intrigue and power politics during England's reign of the Plantagenet family. This BBC audio production was incredibly well done, and as well crafted as any movie. Mike Walker's story has amazing, and often quite witty, dialogue that carries the plot forward at a healthy pace. Quite often I found myself imaging scenes in my head as they played out in this audio drama series. Highly recommended if you enjoy historical fiction, or just a richly produced radio drama! I'll definitely be checking out the BBC's Plantagenet Series 2 and 3 sequels.

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  • 03-02-11

Brilliant

Wonderful retelling of the story of Henry II and his four sons. Thought that Mike Walker's play was excellent and absolutely fascinating. So glad I got it.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-05-18

beautifully observed

Well acted as well as humorous. engaging and I felt sad it ended . will get part 2 asap.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 08-30-18

Great historical drama - strong cast

Compelling story of a not very pleasant English dynasty from the intelligent writer Mike Walker.

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  • Rufus
  • 03-24-16

A 'must have' for fans of historical drama.

First of an excellent trilogy. If you like this series then try Vivat Rex narrated by the late great Richard Burton.

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  • Ama
  • 11-28-14

A pleasant way to while away a few hours

What did you like best about Plantagenet (BBC Radio 4: Classic Serial)? What did you like least?

What i best liked was, the accuracy of the mentioned events. The richness of the sound effects.

What could Mike Walker have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

Mike Walker could have made better use of Isabella of Angouleme, Her youth and the fact that as soon as John snuffed it, she ran back to France

Could you see Plantagenet (BBC Radio 4: Classic Serial) being made into a movie or a TV series? Who would the stars be?


If this was film i would cas tMeryl Streep as Queen Eleanor, Robert Bathurst as King Henry, Aneurin Barnard as Henry the young king, Henry Cavil as Richard the Lionheart, Ben Lamb as John, James Frain as Earl Marshal, Faye Marsey as Isabella of Angouleme

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