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Duration: 2 hours, 22 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two EnglandLatest broadcast: on BBC Two HD

Powerful historical drama. When Henry II appoints his drinking and wenching companion Thomas Becket as Archbishop of Canterbury, he hopes to lessen Church interference. But Becket takes the job seriously and soon the friends come into conflict. Show less


Thomas Becket:
Richard Burton
King Henry II:
Peter O'Toole
King Louis VII of France:
John Gielgud
Gilbert Folliot, Bishop of London:
Donald Wolfit
Empress Matilda:
Martita Hunt
Queen Eleanor:
Pamela Brown
Siân Phillips
Archbishop of Canterbury:
Felix Aylmer
Cardinal Zambelli:
Gino Cervi
Pope Alexander III:
Paolo Stoppa
Brother John:
David Weston

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