King Lear, 1982 film

The BBC Television Shakespeare is a series of British television adaptations of the plays of William Shakespeare, created by Cedric Messina and produced by BBC Television. It was transmitted in the UK from 3 December 1978 to 27 April 1985 and spanned seven series.

King Lear is a 1982 British television adaptation of William Shakespeare's play of the same name about an ageing king who decides to divide his kingdom between his three daughters. Directed by Jonathan Miller, the film stars John Shrapnel as Kent, Norman Rodway as Gloucester, Michael Kitchen as Edmund, Michael Hordern as King Lear, Gillian Barge as Goneril, Brenda Blethyn as Cordelia, Penelope Wilton as Regan, John Bird as Albany, Julian Curry as Cornwall, and Anton Lesser as Edgar.