The Devil's Crown

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The Devil's Crown
Also known as "La Couronne du Diable"
Genre Drama
Written by Jack Russell
Ken Taylor
Directed by Alan Cooke
Jane Howell
Ronald Wilson
Starring Brian Cox
Jane Lapotaire
Michael Byrne
John Duttine
Christopher Gable
Country of origin United Kingdom
France
Switzerland
Italy
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13
Production
Producer(s) Richard Beynon
Running time 55 minutes
Production company(s) British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC)
Radiotelevisione Italiana
TF1
Time-Life Television Productions
Télécip
Télévision Suisse-Romande (TSR)
Distributor Radio Télévision Belge (RTB)
Broadcast
Original channel BBC
Original run 30 April, 1978 – 1 July, 1978

The Devil's Crown was a BBC television series which dramatised the reigns of three medieval Kings of England: Henry II and his sons Richard the Lionheart and John Lackland.

The series was written by Jack Russell and Ken Taylor. It was shown in the United Kingdom in thirteen 55-minute episodes between 30 April and 23 July 1978.

A weblog falsely reported that some episodes no longer exist in the BBC archives.[1] However, this isn't true, and perhaps only referred to viewing or library copies. None of the episodes is officially missing according to www.lostshows.com (any episode that didn't survive on the master tape would have been listed there).[2]

A full set of tape copies exist at the British Film Institute, where they can be viewed on request.[3] It has never been released on DVD, although a French dubbed version, called "La couronne du diable", is available as a paid (legal) download.[4]

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