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Duration: 1 hour, 55 minutes

First broadcast: on BBC Two ScotlandLatest broadcast: on BBC Four HD

Lear divides his kingdom among his daughters. Family and state collapse into chaos and warfare. Lear and his youngest, Cordelia, are reunited; love reigns, then tragedy descends. Show more


Earl of Gloucester:
Jim Broadbent
Florence Pugh
Earl of Kent:
Jim Carter
Duke of Cornwall:
Tobias Menzies
Duke of Albany:
Anthony Calf
Duke of Burgundy:
Simon Manyonda
King of France:
Chukwudi Iwuji
Lear's Gentleman:
Samuel Valentine
Arinze Kene
1st Maid:
Sharon Watts
2nd Maid:
Kaye Brown
French Officer:
Raphael Desprez
Young Captain:
Sam Redford
Sergeant Major:
Liam McKenna
Paul Tinto
Officer (Dover Castle):
Eric Kofi-Abrefa
Stunt coordinator:
Andreas Petrides
Executive Producer:
Colin Callender
Executive Producer:
Sonia Friedman
Executive Producer:
Scott Huff
Richard Eyre
Production Company:
Playground Television UK Ltd