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Fey,vain and foolish,young Richard initiates his downfall by banishing Henry Bolingbroke and the Earl of Mowbray as a resolution to their feud and then confiscating the lands of his uncle,Bolingbroke's father John of Gaunt,on John's death,to pay for a war in Ireland which he loses. This angers many courtiers including the Duke of York,who welcome Bolingbroke back to England,where he executes Richard's flatterers. The king himself is soon taken prisoner and murdered in his cell. Bolingbroke,now proclaiming himself Henry IV,vows a pilgrimage to atone for his part in the regicide.
- Stars: Adrian Dunbar , Al Weaver , Alun Armstrong , Anton Lesser , Barney Harris , Ben Daniels , Ben Miles , Benedict Cumberbatch , Conrad Asquith , David Dawson , Dominic Rowan , Drew Dillon , Eleanor Inglis , Geoffrey Streatfeild , Henry Faber , Ian Conningham , James Fleet , James Laurenson , Jamie Lee-Hill , Jason Watkins , Jeremy Irons , Jimi James , Jimm Stark , John Heffernan , John Mackay , Julie Walters , Keeley Hawes , Lucy Robinson , Mac Pietowski , Matthew Tennyson , Maxine Peake , Michelle Dockery , Paul Ritter , Phoebe Fox , Sam Troughton , Simon Russell Beale , Sophie Okonedo , Stanley Townsend , Stephen McDade , Stuart McQuarrie , Tom Georgeson , Tom Hiddleston , Tom Sturridge , Will Attenborough