Vivat Rex

26 episodes encompassing the reign of Edward II to Henry VI, adapted for radio by Martin Jenkins. VIVAT REX was presented by BBC Radio 4 to celebrate the Silver Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II.

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Episodes

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01The King's Favourite1977021319770215
20120430 (BBC7)
20120501 (BBC7)

Richard Burton narrates the playwright's chronicle of the English Crown. Marlowe's Edward II faces rebellion. Stars John Hurt.

02Revenge1977022020120501 (BBC7)
20120502 (BBC7)

Richard Burton narrates the playwrights' chronicle of the English Crown. Marlowe's Edward II fights his fate. Stars John Hurt.

03Obsession1977022720120502 (BBC7)
20120503 (BBC7)

Richard Burton narrates the playwrights' chronicle of the English Crown. A countess distracts Edward III. Stars Keith Michell.

A countess distracts Edward III. Stars Keith Michell.

04The Black Prince1977030620120503 (BBC7)
20120504 (BBC7)

(04/26)

Richard Burton narrates the playwrights' chronicle of the English Crown.

Richard Burton narrates the playwrights' chronicle of the English Crown. War between England and France. Stars Michael Redgrave.

05Treason1977031320120504 (BBC7)
20120505 (BBC7)

(05/26)

King Richard II risks rebellion. Stars Derek Jacobi.

Richard Burton narrates the playwrights' chronicle of the English Crown. King Richard II risks rebellion. Stars Derek Jacobi.

06King Of Snow1977032020120507 (BBC7)
20120508 (BBC7)

(06/26)

King Richard II must face his doom. Stars Derek Jacobi.

Richard Burton narrates the playwrights' chronicle of the English Crown. King Richard II must face his doom. Stars Derek Jacobi.

07Victims1977032720120508 (BBC7)
20120509 (BBC7)

(07/26)

Richard Burton narrates the playwrights' account of the English Crown. A new King rules.

Richard Burton narrates the playwrights' account of the English Crown. A new King rules. Stars Derek Jacobi and Martin Jarvis.

08Vulgar Company1977040320120509 (BBC7)
20120510 (BBC7)

(08/26)

Richard Burton narrates the playwrights' story of the English Crown. Falstaff appears.

Richard Burton narrates the playwrights' story of the English Crown. Falstaff appears. Stars Martin Jarvis and June Whitfield.

09Rebellion1977041020120510 (BBC7)
20120511 (BBC7)

(09/26)

The playwrights' chronicle of the English Crown. Henry IV clashes with his rivals.

Richard Burton narrates the playwrights' chronicle of the English Crown. Henry IV clashes with his rivals. Stars Robert Hardy.

10Corruption1977041720120511 (BBC7)
20120512 (BBC7)

(10/26)

Falstaff gathers a very small army. Stars Billie Whitelaw.

Richard Burton narrates the playwrights' tale of the English Crown. Falstaff gathers a very small army. Stars Billie Whitelaw.

11Deception1977042420120514 (BBC7)
20120515 (BBC7)

Episode 11 of 26

Richard Burton narrates the playwrights' tale of the English Crown. Father and son reunite. Stars Martin Jarvis and Colin Baker.

(11/26)

Father and son reunite. Stars Martin Jarvis and Colin Baker.

12Tennis Balls1977050120120515 (BBC7)
20120516 (BBC7)

Episode 12 of 26

The new king is insulted by the French. Stars Martin Jarvis.

Richard Burton narrates the playwrights' tale of the English Crown. The new king is insulted by the French. Stars Martin Jarvis.

This episode, based on Shakespeare's Henry IV, Part 2 and Henry V, stars Martin Jarvis and Anthony Quayle. With Richard Burton as narrator.

13Harfleur1977050820120516 (BBC7)
20120517 (BBC7)

Episode 13 of 26

Richard Burton narrates the playwrights' tale of the English Crown. France is now in the King's sights. Starring Martin Jarvis.

Episode 26 of 26

France is now in the King's sights. Starring Martin Jarvis.

14St. Crispin's Day1977051520120517 (BBC7)
20120518 (BBC7)

Episode 14 of 26

Two nations clash in fierce battle. Starring Martin Jarvis.

Richard Burton narrates the playwrights' tale of the English Crown. Two nations clash in fierce battle. Starring Martin Jarvis.

Episode 26 of 26

15Joan Of Arc1977052220120518 (BBC7)
20120519 (BBC7)

Richard Burton narrates the playwrights' tale of the English Crown. The French triumph in war. Or do they? Starring Colin Baker.

Episode 15 of 26

The French triumph in war. Or do they? Starring Colin Baker.

Episode 26 of 26

16The White Rose - And The Red1977052920120521 (BBC7)
20120522 (BBC7)

The War of the Roses begins. Stars Hannah Gordon.

Richard Burton narrates the playwrights' chronicle of the English Crown. The War of the Roses begins. Stars Hannah Gordon.

17Witchcraft1977060520120522 (BBC7)
20120523 (BBC7)

Richard Burton narrates the playwrights' chronicle of the English Crown. Joan of Arc has been captured. Stars Hannah Gordon.

Joan of Arc has been captured. Stars Hannah Gordon.

18Jack Cade1977061220120523 (BBC7)
20120524 (BBC7)

Henry VI is beset by rivals. Stars Dame Peggy Ashcroft.

Richard Burton narrates the playwrights' chronicle of the English Crown. Henry VI is beset by rivals. Stars Dame Peggy Ashcroft.

19A Paper Crown1977061920120524 (BBC7)
20120525 (BBC7)

Rival royals clash. Stars Ian Ogilvy and Dame Peggy Ashcroft.

Richard Burton narrates a playwrights' take on the English Crown. Rival royals clash. Stars Ian Ogilvy and Dame Peggy Ashcroft.

20Warwick The Kingmaker1977062620120525 (BBC7)
20120526 (BBC7)

Edward IV faces his rivals. Stars Dame Peggy Ashcroft.

Richard Burton narrates the playwrights' chronicle of the English Crown. Edward IV faces his rivals. Stars Dame Peggy Ashcroft.

21The Tower1977070320120528 (BBC7)
20120529 (BBC7)

Richard Burton narrates the playwrights' tale of the English Crown. Brutal Richard stars plotting. Stars Dame Peggy Ashcroft.

Brutal Richard stars plotting. Stars Dame Peggy Ashcroft.

22The Little Princess1977071020120529 (BBC7)
20120530 (BBC7)

Richard of York's plans bear fruit. Stars Ian Ogilvy.

Richard Burton narrates the playwrights' tale of the English Crown. Richard of York's plans bear fruit. Stars Ian Ogilvy.

23Ghosts1977071720120530 (BBC7)
20120531 (BBC7)

Richard Burton narrates the playwrights' chronicle of the English Crown. Richard III's rule is challenged. Stars Peggy Ashcroft.

Richard III's rule is challenged. Stars Peggy Ashcroft.

24The Pretender1977072420120531 (BBC7)
20120601 (BBC7)

Richard Burton narrates the playwrights' chronicle of the English Crown. Henry VII defends his crown. Stars Brian Cox.

Henry VII defends his crown. Stars Brian Cox.

25Divorce1977073120120601 (BBC7)
20120602 (BBC7)

Henry VIII desires a male heir. Stars Diana Rigg.

Richard Burton narrates the playwrights' chronicle of the English Crown. Henry VIII desires a male heir. Stars Diana Rigg.

26 LASTElizabeth1977080720120604 (BBC7)
20120605 (BBC7)

Henry VIII remarries. Stars Sir John Gielgud.

Richard Burton concludes the playwrights' chronicle of the English Crown. Henry VIII remarries. Stars Sir John Gielgud.