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Hal is now a responsible monarch as Henry V,his rejection of Falstaff hastening the latter's death. Told by courtiers that,through Edward III,he has a claim to the French throne he makes overtures to the Dauphin but is sent a humiliating present of tennis balls. He prepares an expeditionary force to cross the Channel and take the throne,capturing the town of Harfleur during a surprise nocturnal raid following an inspirational speech. Though merciful to its inhabitants Henry allows soldier Bardolph to be hung for looting. After another truce is turned down by the Fench Henry prepares for the pitched battle of Agincourt,wandering the camp in disguise on its eve to gauge opinion of him. The battle is won with minimal English losses and the French king,whose daughter Henry marries,declares him to be his successor. However an end title shows that Henry dies of dysentary at the age of thirty-five and we are told that his son Henry VI loses possession of France.
- 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