BBC Television Shakespeare

Season 1 Episode 12

Hamlet, Prince of Denmark

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Aired Unknown May 25, 1980 on BBC Two
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Hamlet, Prince of Denmark
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The prince of Denmark discovers that his stepfather, who has seized the throne, murdered his father, the former king.

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  • "Hamlet", not without the Prince, but with the wrong Prince.

    7.0
    The miscasting of Derek Jacobi is what undermines this workmanlike and straightforward version of "Hamlet". Jacobi - roughly the same age as Olivier was, playing the role in his 1948 film version - catches a good bit of the character's intellectuality, but little of his passion or his rage, and he seems too old to be a student. Nor does he convince as a swordsman. Claire Bloom and Patrick Stewart are fine as Gertrude and Claudius, but it's impossible to believe that Bloom could be Jacobi's mother. The scenes with the ghost are done prosaically, and are rather plodding - Patrick Allen inspires no fear. Lalla Ward seems over-parted as Ophelia.moreless
Lalla Ward

Lalla Ward

Ophelia

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Claire Bloom

Claire Bloom

Gertrude

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Eric Porter

Eric Porter

Polonius

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Peter Benson

Peter Benson

Second Gravedigger

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    • Queen Gertrude: The lady doth protest too much, methinks.

    • Hamlet: Frailty, thy name is woman!

    • Hamlet: There are more things in heaven and earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.

    • Hamlet: I have of late - but wherefore I know not - lost all my mirth, forgone all custom of exercises; and indeed it goes so heavily with my disposition that this goodly frame, the earth, seems to me a sterile promontory; this most excellent canopy the air, look you, this majestical roof fretted with golden fire - why, it appeareth no other thing to me than a foul and pestilent congregation of vapours. What a piece of work is a man! How noble in reason! how infinite in faculties! in form and moving, how express and admirable! in action, how like an angel! in apprehension, how like a god! the beauty of the world! the paragon of animals! And yet, to me, what is this quintessence of dust? Man delights not me - no, nor woman neither, though by your smiling you seem to say so.

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